My sister Dee knows my really well. My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and when I flew up to visit my family, she gifted me with a course we could take together. It was called, "watercolor on unusual surfaces." We took blocks of wood and smeared them with a sandy acrylic compound, and another with thick, gooey, modeling paste. When they were dried, we painted on them with basic watercolors and wonderful chinese bamboo brushes. What a wonderful time to spend both with my sister, and doing something I love. Neither of us have much experience in watercolor, but it was fun to try something new, and we both decided to try our hand at trees for this particular piece.