Painting Native Trees in Watercolor

Mary Sue Schwab demonstrating painting techniques painting of tree

On October 27, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana, Artists for Climate Awareness participants learned how to paint trees in watercolor. In this hands-on workshop, MarySue Schwab demonstrated key approaches to painting native Indiana trees. Students were instructed in multi-layered, wet-on-wet techniques using watercolor processes to create both subtle and dramatic tree formations. Participants used a mixture of warm and cool colors, juxtaposing shadow and form.

During the workshop, Julie Roberts from Canopy Bloomington led a presentation on the importance of native trees in the landscape, and how to plant and care for trees.

About MarySue Schwab: MarySue Schwab studied art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has continued her education in San Francisco and at the New York Art Students’ League. MarySue has worked as a graphic designer and transitioned into a career as an art instructor. Her paintings have hung in many galleries and museums across the country. She is a signature member of the Indiana Watercolor Society and the Bloomington Watercolor Society, and a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and Indiana Plein Air Association as well as a founding member of the Upland Plein Air Society. For more info, see: