- The tree and its cast shadow are linked. This is a form of simplification. Instead of two distinct elements, we have one larger one.
- The big idea of this painting is color contrast. The high key background against the dark foreground. Much like Claude Monet’s Juan-Les-Pins.
- Most of my time was spent painting the leaves at the top. I built up many layers of broken color, using all kinds of techniques. Dabbing, lifting, scraping, multicolored strokes... anything to get the desired effect.
- The thick texture creates tiny cast shadows on the painting. This is known as raking light. It adds an interesting dimension to the painting.