How to Paint a Tree | Acrylic Painting

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I’d like to demonstrate two different trees. We’re going to do one with sponges and the other one is with a brush. We’re going to start off with the trunk of the tree using 1/2″” flat brush. I’m using my black paint and I’m going to put in the trunk of the tree. These are the roots and what I’m doing is I’m just using my brush very flat and without turning or twisting it, I’m just going straight out to the side. And then I’m going to make my branches by just pulling out from the trunk and separating the trunk of the tree. The next thing I’d like to do is take my sponge and I’m going to use two different colors of green. I’m going to just twist my sponge and pinch it so that it’s got a little round shape to it. I’m going to start with the darker green and I’m going to put in the leaves of the tree. The next thing I’d like to do is give it some highlights, so I’m going to use a lighter green. This is a citron green or a lime green. And I’m just going to highlight the top portions of each of these groups of leaves. And that’s our basic sponge tree, and I want to show you another tree using a brush. Starting at the bottom and then coming straight up. I’m going to kind of twist my brush just a little bit so that it’s a little bit narrower at the top. Now this tree is going to be more like a pine tree, so I want it to be a very dark green. I’m going to use my black paint and I’m going to blend it with my dark green and use the dark green for the branches. And I’m going to use just a tapping technique. I’m just kind of twisting my brush just a little bit and the paint is coming off of the brush a little bit of green and a little bit of black. The next layer of the tree the branches come out a little bit more. I’m just flattening my brush and pulling it in towards the trunk. You can put a little bit of space in between because the pine tree is not always exactly perfect. And that’s how you do a basic sponge tree and a tree with a paint brush.

Sonny Thompson Concert Poster 1949 Sunset Indianapolis A delightful cardboard Sonny Thompson poster board from the late 1940s, back when post-war R&B was at its peak.

The exact year was 1949, on a Sunday night in late November. You can barely read it, but below the date it states, “Hours 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.”

This Sonny Thompson window card measures the standard 14 by 22 inches in size, and was made of cardboard for durability.

Just who made this poster is unknown, because no printer’s credit appears at the bottom; it was probably printed in New York, where the tour director was located.

The most striking feature of this Sonny Thompson placard is the long run of piano keys in blue & white, starting in the lower left corner.

It’s looks like an extra large, exaggerated keyboard, but amazingly, it’s actually a truncated one… there are only 60 keys out of the usual 88 pictured.

I would also say the color scheme of this Sonny Thompson in-person poster adds a great deal to its appeal.

You’ve got blue & orange, looking so sharp against the white background. Then the lettering up top is in black, and Sonny’s smiling face is in sepia-tone. Combined, it has a very nice impact.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen another Sonny Thompson billboard that advertised his concerts before, so I have nothing to compare this one to.

But what I have seen is lots of concert posters by his contemporaries, and by that measure, this one’s a true winner.

“The Sunset, Sunday Night, Nov. 27,” this Sonny Thompson window display fairly screams across the top. The date, especially, is in giant letters/numbers.

For a long time, hobbyists thought the Sunset was in Los Angeles, especially with a famous street through Hollywood carrying that name.

But nay, this Sunset was in Indianapolis, Indiana. We know because a lot of cool concert window cards surfaced from this venue a good number of years ago.

Then there’s the tiny print at the top of this Sonny Thompson event poster. You’ll never make it out in my video, so I’ll just give it to you here:

“Advance .40 – tax included – At Door .60. Make Table Reservations in Person at Sunset Terrace Café.”

That confirms this Sonny Thompson show placard is from Indiana and not L.A.; the Sunset Terrace Café is easily traced to Indianapolis.

So that covers the variable venue information up top, which would change from show to show. Everything below the black line is the permanent part of this poster, and remained constant throughout the tour.

Musically, the awesome thing about this Sonny Thompson concert sign is that it gives the name of his two #1 singles from 1948 – “Long Gone” and “Late Freight.”

The former was his first and biggest hit from the spring of ’48, staying at #1 for three weeks; the record label read “Sonny Thompson with the Sharps and Flats.” The latter then topped the R&B charts in the summertime, and was credited to the “Sonny Thompson Quintet.”

It’s funny how his band name would change on two consecutive singles like that, but that’s the way Miracle Records put them out.

And speaking of which, Miracle gets a nice name-check on this Sonny Thompson boxing-style concert poster, and in orange lettering no less.

It’s located down in the lower-left corner, about where the piano keyboard starts. There’s no logo, just the two words.

And then there’s the big orange box at the bottom of this Sonny Thompson ticket poster that proclaims, “Featuring Sensational Battle of the Tenor Saxes.”

However, in an unusual exclusion, the sax players are not identified. Perhaps they were not names of note, but still, usually key musicians and sometimes important soloists get a mention on these posters.

Impresario Ralph Cooper gets his name plugged twice on his Sonny Thompson street sign. At the top of the permanent portion it says “Ralph Cooper, Inc. Presents,” and at the bottom it says “Tour Direction – Ralph Cooper” with a NYC address and phone number.

Actually, in this particular case, that bottom line of credit is nearly trimmed off, or almost didn’t make it in the first place. Only the top half of some words are viewable – but that’s enough.

If it’s a vintage Sonny Thompson concert advertisement you’re looking for, it would be hard to beat this one, IMHO. It seems to have everything going for it.

But these things can be very hard to find… so many were thrown away right after the shows happened. It just didn’t occur to people that they’d be fun to frame and put up years later.

This Sonny Thompson fence poster is analyzed for you today by long-time musicologist and collector Peter J. Howard. That’s me, and you can reach me thru or by ringing 805—540-0020.

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