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Study the photographs below of trees in early Spring.  Note the overall "shape" of the tree.  Is
the tree taller than wide, or wider than tall?  Are the branches slender or thick?  Do the branches
follow gentle curves, or are they angular?  Note also the shape of the trunk, especially at the
base of the tree.    
Try to draw the tree in simple form on a piece of paper.  Can you identify the
type of tree it is?  It is important to understand the basic structure of the tree without leaves in
order to paint a tree with leaves more convincingly.