Tree trunk (the whole wooden part of the tree) painting now officially done. (after dark photos; low res)
I'm calling the trunk painting done. I've spent many hours painting, painting, painting. Up 'vis the taupe, down 'vis the brown, too mooche blaque, needs more jellow. It got so I think I've re-colored the whole tree the same a few times over, like when I'm driving lost and keep seeing the same landmarks.
Last night I sat for a long while using only my middle finger pad to delicately rub on pale yellow acrylic detail onto the texture between the grooves on the inside cottage side, where most of the tree would be seen up close. I had to adjust my tactile awareness to become familiar with exactly how much pressure and paint to apply to color top most surface of the avocado skin roughness. It looked just right in the dark but by morning it looked less natural. It was back to stippling, stippling, and knocking back (with) some alcohol for me.
I can't tell if I've been-there-before, color wise. It no longer matters as it looks pleasing enough to me in total. There are many areas that don't look at all as though they've been painted, rather as though they ARE wood. Very satisfying moment when that bit of alchemy can happen.
I re-masked the cottage walls where they meet the trunk and touched up the plaster where it had been damaged by the removal of the previous mask for the sculpt stage. With it dry and peeled up it now looks cleanly seamless between tree and walls.
Tomorrow is Leafday™