Fortunately I was able to find quite a broad piece of maple to draw on, and I was able to work out a composition which hinted at the broad reach of the branches.
Once the wood was trimmed - I have a much improved sawing action these days! and sanded I was able to prepare the surface with gesso, ready to draw.
|Finding the dominant branches to get the structure correct|
|Working out the angles of the shadows|
|Strengthening the tonal qualities, too heavy and solid now, but ready for sandblasting|
|The finished Zoeschen Maple, softer shadows reaching across the floor to the viewer |
and light coming in through the upper branches.