Day 27- 30 Day Botanical Leaf Challenge

Loblolly Pine Trees

 

Here in Gainesville, Florida the subtropics meets the Northeast and there is an amazing array of diversity here. Before I lived here, I always thought of Florida was "Disney World" and retirement communities. I didn't think much about the diversity or even that there was one. To my surprise Florida is teeming with wildlife and it is along the migratory route for some many species.

My new house is surrounded by Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) trees.These amazing trees grow up to heights of 80-100'. Their pine needles are 5 to 9 inches long. The bark is thick dark-reddish brown. The crown is rounded and the trunk is tall and straight. Loblolly is the principal commercial pine of the southeast because it grows well on a variety of sites. My backyard is mostly sand. The tree has an enormous tap root so it is stable from high winds. It is awesome to see them swaying back and forth when storms blow through. We just had a front through and a bunch of branches fell down in the yard, so I decided to paint it.

This kind of plant is really hard to draw before hand and transfer onto good paper. I decided to just give it a go and paint it right on the paper without any drawing. I started in the back and painted the lightest greens first. I am painting in gouache very much like watercolor, very watery and transparent. As I worked towards the foreground my paint become more opaque and darker. This gives me the advantage of going over the background lines and completely covering them.
This was very simple to do and I encourage you to try it. It helps you to work on painting thin lines, working transparent and then more opaquely.

This painting is available through my Etsy shop: BugsBeastsBotanicals