Olbrich Gardens, Scarlet Curls Willow

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Spring has finally come to Wisconsin. Everything is green and I decided to take advantage of a day off and some beautiful weather to try out my watercolor pencils and colored pencils. I am really happy with how this sketch came out.

The Willow, Scarlet Curls, Salix matsudana x S. alba 'Scarlet Curls', has an upright rounded habit and is a vigorous ornamental tree with golden brown wavy branches, twisted twigs, and even wavy-edged leaves! 
- From naturehills.com

This willow is my favorite tree at Olbrich Gardens. I thought it would be the perfect way to start this nature journal. I'm really excited about this process and have been reading a lot of books on the subject including Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You Paperback – by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth as well as The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws. Both of which are fantastic books I would highly recommend. I particularly found Laws' advice on how to draw trees helpful, especially when it comes to drawing depth. Definitely have room to improve, especially as I continue to learn to work with colored pencils.

Please excuse the quality of the image - I'm still working out a system for taking high quality photos for the blog. Lighting is hard.

Supplies: 
Moleskine Dotted Notebook with Art Alternative Gesso on the pages
Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Pentel Aquash Brush
Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen