I’ve been thinking lately a lot about a single tree. I really wanted to find one to photograph, but so far, I haven’t travelled out into the country areas where I am sure to find one, so for now I decided I couldn’t wait. I drew a tree instead and added layers of colour in Photoshop CS4, a layer of my own photograph of a cloud, and adjusted it with some soft focus in Nik Color Efex Pro 4, to give it that painterly oil painting look. I hope you like it :)

  • also used some textures from Shadowhouse Creations and Flypaper :)

As part of my process, I photographed the pencil drawing with my iPad and worked it up with textures and layers using iPad apps, til I was happy with the result. I then photographed the pencil drawing with my good camera and went to work, to simulate this/these effects, in Photoshop, etc, to create a nice large file. I’ll post a picture shortly of the original pencil drawing and the mockup I did on the iPad, so you can compare all three.

Here is the picture outlining the progression below:

The first image is just the pencil drawing, the 2nd image is the iPad workup, the third image is the painted version overlayed and worked on in PS CS4 and Nik Color Efex with overlays and textures from Shadowhouse and Flypaper

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Contact email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com*
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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 2 years ago

    LOl ! "so I just drew one! " end result is really wonderful

  • lol Ginny…..in the end, I thought…hang on a minute, why not just draw one and see how you go ….thanks so much for the encouragement!! x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonover 2 years ago

    Oh, how delightful, Karin!!!

  • thank you so much Mieke! :) …one day I’ll get my photo of a single tree I’m sure, til then this will have to do lol :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 2 years ago


  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 2 years ago

    How beatiful

  • thank you so very much Bobby!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome work beautiful.

  • thank you so much Julie, much appreciated ;)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 2 years ago

    so beautiful Karin:))

  • thanks so much Tereza! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Perfect title, beautiful soft colors, like the very distinct lone tree

  • thank you soo very much Byron! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 2 years ago

    A great title for a superb impressionist image, Karin !!!

  • thank you so much Phil for the lovely response to this new one of mine!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • gramziss
    gramzissover 2 years ago

    I like the impressioniste style. Great

  • thank you very much! )

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Very nice Karin! I love the colours and the image itself is so poetic! The overlay of art, photography, and added graphic elements certainly do wonders.

  • thank you so much Mui-Ling, I’d like to do more of this type of thing, it really appeals to me and I used to do this sort of thing with oil paints many years ago, I also always enjoy a big sky and an empty field……..it creates not only space visually, but space around us and space within us I think x

    – © Karin Taylor

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