Evergreen Ivy

On a cold and gloomy winter day, it is quite refreshing to see green ivy among the brown leaves and twigs.  Although ivy is often considered a nuisance, beauty can always be found in nature.

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A Birch at Dusk

When I saw this birch tree I thought it looked a bit eerie.  However, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to draw.  I did a crude drawing last year, kept it for a while and was not sure what to do with it.  When I had another look, I added a background. I think it brings the tree to life and complete the picture.

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The background was created using the gradient tool with multiple points.  It depicts the dusk horizon on a clear day in winter.