Variety is the spice of life, and it is also the key to making a tree bank along a river. River tree banks have all sorts of trees and bushes growing along them. They squeeze themselves in every which way, each one reaching for their share of the sunlight. There are pine tree shapes, billowy leafy trees, dead branches, short bushes, tall bushes, fat one, rounds one, skinny one…
So when making a tree bank, add a lot of variety of shapes and many different shades of your tree bank colors. Be sure to add dark values because that gives it depth. Place some of the dark values near the intersection of the trees and the water, because that is where most of the darkest darks are located.
The fabrics I chose for this tree bank included cottons, organzas, tulle, commercial fabris, hand painted fabrics, you name it. Here are some photos showing it in close up view:
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