I was browsing to see the least-painted of the Ross works, and this one popped up. I've done a lot of hobby-level woodworking so this seemed like a good challenge, especially angling and painting the edges as he suggested.
The painting itself went relatively smoothly, despite a few "happy accidents". I'm (mostly) getting the knack of bushes and my trees are coming along nicely. Also painting the edges black was easy as I did that first and masked it off with Frog Tape before applying the white gesso to the actual oil painting surface.
The actual wood cutting was the challenge- angling the outer edge is fine for convex shapes like circles and rectangles, but concave shapes (like the tree 'branches') were a nightmare, because the cuts interfere with each other. After much head-scratching I ended up cutting each tree branch segment separately and gluing them to the rest of the plywood.
The resulting plywood panel ended up really nice, but I wouldn't ever do that again. A better idea would be to paint on a thin wood/masonite surface, and glue that to a slightly bigger piece painted black.