“The Grand Tree” is one of my most challenging paintings because the canvas was large. In fact it was bigger than I am! Yet it was a joy creating it. The first thing I did was to sketch the tree. Second, I painted the sky. Then I painted the tree trunks and branches. I made sure that the shadows were in the right order. Last but not least, I painted the leaves and painted plants with flowers on the bottom of the trunk. You can also see the pictures of how I painted my Grand Tree. I completed The Grand Tree in May and June of 2013. I hope you like my painting as much as I do.