Lankaran Acacia Tree in Gouache

I had a sunny afternoon outing to paint this gorgeous tree. It has many names - from Lankaran Acacia (this is the most familiar for me) to Albizia julibrissin, the Persian silk tree or pink silk tree. You might know it from the fan-like flowers that go from yellow to white to pink and cover the whole tree. The tree is not too tall but has a large canopy and often branches make it into an interesting shape to paint. I usually know where the tree is from afar because of a lovely distinctive fragrance that lingers even when the flowers are dry, ochre and cover the floor. I think gouache is a perfect medium to paint it!

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