I have a visual obsession with Aspen trees.
I should have taken more pictures of this process, but you sort of get the idea. It was sort of like print-making, or Ukrainian egg-dying. I took masking fluid (rubber-cement-like stuff that blocks paint) and painted the shape of the white trees. Then I painted light yellow over the whole page. Once that was dry, I made a layer of dots with the masking fluid. Once that was dry, I painted a darker yellow over the whole page...and then I continued this process, until almost the whole page was covered in masking fluid and layers of paint. It actually looked pretty cool, and had a bumpy, glossy texture from all of the dried masking fluid. But next was the fun part--slowly peeling it all off to see what was underneath! It was a fun little art adventure.
I'm still in Utah, and the Aspen leaves are mostly turned brown and fallen off now, but there are still a few around and they're still beautiful. On top of that, the last of the rollerski biathlon trials races was yesterday, and I hit all of my targets for the first time ever in a race! It was a good feeling, and solidified my ticket to Europe in November. It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders!