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My initial roughs are a bit too literal. I wanted to use bold shapes with the tree to link to the fact the quote was from an alumni that taught and studied at the university in the 60s.

Observational painting in Isle of Skye – 30 seconds painting. Focusing on mark making and textures.

Simplified composition Focusing solely on the framework of the tree, mirroring the essence of the quote.

Initial sketches using the set colour palette, black/white/yellow

Working out the colour composition for each of the different tiles.

Do I want to use a series of the same composition?

Tree bark textures

Peter and paul  
Peter and paul