I carved a little stamp and stamped and painted some leafy fabrics. Then I sketched. I was looking at our old lilac out front and looking especially at the shapes and angles of the bare branches.
Today I scanned the sketch and cropped it to something that I liked.
I like that better. I took it into Illustrator and started tracing and adding some color to get a feel for what that might be like.
Now the trunk looks spindly and off balance. The background is a little icky too, but it's just a start.
I think this has a ways to go, but it's a start. This is the point at which I have to let it simmer in the back of my head. Most likely I'll get some kind of idea just as I'm drifting off to sleep.