I started with the water tree which I made using watercolors and watercolor pencils. This is the most abstract one of my trees and it only shows the trunk. I think it looks like a tree and a river at the same time, which I love.
Next up was the earth tree. This is the tree that took me the longest. I used oil pastels to make this tree and I made the house in it to give it a bit of a fairy tale feel. Also because the earth is strong and save enough to build a house in.
The air tree I made with soft pastels and I made it very light on purpose. It didn't take me so long to make this tree but I do really like it because it is up in the sky and has clouds as branches.
Lastly was the fire tree and I did struggle with this one. I had no idea how I wanted to do this. Eventually I used a combination of gouache paint and soft pastels. I worked with warm and cool contrasts which I saw in one of my study books and it was something I wanted to try. In the end, I like this tree best even though I had trouble connecting with the fire energy.
It was a very fun but time consuming assignment. I am quite happy with the results and I learned a lot during the process.