Slowly but surely, I am laying the groundwork for the trees. My goal is to achieve a rich layering of color and texture. It's quite a process. This is what I've done to date:
I've noticed that I will need to address the issue of balance on this center panel. Right now the composition is heavily weighted on the right side. I also need to keep in mind that this will be a triptych, so maybe I'll wait to consider the balance issue when I have the other 2 panels underway.