The precinct was quiet and dark on Christmas day. I though dawn might arrive earlier after the shortest day on the “Winter Solstice”. But it was still dark at 6:45 am. At the cluster of the metal canopy I did not want the daylight to turn bright too soon, because the shadows of the branches cast sharply on the picture. The breeze swayed the branches from side to side, while the images cast kept blurring from time to time as they floated up and down. I used a big brush to splash linear stokes for the stems and crescent strokes for foliage, which scales were blown up by the glow of the streetlamp. I waited for the shadows of the swaying branches to return to the position that I have painted to make the sure all the shades were covered the picture. Daylight turned bright to reveal shades paints in various tones and later discovered that the segment was done yesterday, while I took it out to paint second layers of shadows atop by mistake.


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