My Tree Stands

tree stands watercolour painting

Crash! My Christmas tree takes a nosedive scattering ornaments from one end of the living room to the other. Widespread mayhem via kitty helpers. A Lady and The Tramp and siamese cats …replay.

tree stands watercolour painting
Tree Stands View 1


I wasn’t smiling. No video recorded the scowling and howling that went on.  However, I cleaned up the mess, sorted the tree and regained my perspective. Meanwhile the darling little ‘helpers’ were still banned from the room.


I needed a different view on the morning’s events. How to go from scowling to calm and content?  How to make my tree stand?       I know, its all in the way you look at things.


As I wrote from Wednesday’s Watercolours: What’s a Stainer?   I started to look closer at the colours and shapes of the Christmas balls.  Getting some great ideas for the day’s post and seeing the event with a different perspective!    I Posted the initial sphere painted with Staining paints.

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Watercolor Stainers


Later on, I continued to draw more shapes on the watercolour paper.

I included a triangle to represent the now Standing tree.

Placing  a few more spheres here and there, to symbolize the fallen balls that have been put back into place.

Then I  proceeded to paint using  the same colours as before.

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A Different View 2 


Watercolour Palette:

Quinacridone Gold, Phalo Green,  Prussian Blue,  Quinacridone Sienna  all mixed with Lunar Black by Daniel Smith.


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Quinacridone Sienna Lunar Black – View 3     

A micro section,  zooming in on the relationship between the wonderful Quinacridone Sienna mixed with Lunar Black, and the deep intensity of Prussian Blue +LB.


It is interesting to look at the entire image and then look at it from different views. Snippets of the same thing, just in new formats.  It really changes the perception.



This is the final version on the full sheet.


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Finalized  – View 4       




Love the shapes,  the color mixes, the contrasts.  I love what Lunar Black will do when mixed with these other colours. Gorgeous combinations.   Blue/Green/Gold was quite lovely.

The purring little  ‘helpers’  are fine.


If my tree falls,  I can always paint one that stands.      

 Its all in the way I look at it.



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31 thoughts on “My Tree Stands

    1. and I was just sitting here reading Stellar Star, sniffling…. teary; And thinking Jodi is such a gifted writer! why can’t I do that. I love that post Jodi. your grandma was awesome 🙂

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    1. hi Deb, so glad to entertain! And after the fact…. it was funny! my vacuum cleaner still sits by the tree, Warning them to stay AWAY.
      Thanks for your comments, laughter and chuckling – I do enjoy hearing how readers are liking the posts 🙂 Debi

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    1. thanks Mary! it is different to my usual,as this painting is filled with hard edges. I had a lot of fun with the colour mixing combinations. I’ll probably return to my Soft Edges soon, I miss them. 🙂 lol


    1. hate that when they do that! So did you get an artificial tree or give it a miss? I love real trees, but here in Perth, I don’t even bother with real ones now. 35 – 40 c (90 – to 100) means they’re very sad even by day 3. it was the fake tree that did the nosedive. so, no water spillage – ‘the bright side’ 🙂

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      1. Ran out of storage for large boxed trees so decided to go back to the real deal – love the smell of pine, but had forgotten how much hassle they can be!! Seven foot across at the base, it was shedding everywhere….settled on a small topiary job on the sideboard, and might bring in the reject … for a few hours … at Christmas.

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  1. Just love those colour combinations….need to get some Daniel Smiith paints….
    Not sure if they’re available here in Perth….
    Your fur kittens must have had a wonderful time with your Cristmas tree…from the mess came creativity….thanks Debi. 😊

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    1. Hi Kate, Thank you. That is what I first thought… ‘black’ mix = mud. But, then I saw it was a quite unique black, not dense like the others. Its a fascinating colour. Sorry about the delay! your comment was put into a different section, as it has 2 web addresses. so WP sticks in the pending dept. lol If you haven’t tried lunar black by Daniel Smith, I think you’d love it! cheers, Debi


      1. Once I knitted my cat came and got stuck in the ball of wool. When I shouted at her she ran away and the wool was sped in all the flat. Was funny though, we laughed a lot about all the “wonderful” things she did and we miss her so much. 🙂

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