Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Birches with Leaves

"Birches with Leaves"
14 x 18 acrylic on canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction

It's a new year, 2014! I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with art & joy! And as the expression said, this is Page 1 of a 365 page book I am writing (or painting) this year! I don't know if I'll get 365 paintings done, but I am going to work at it! And no, I did not sign up for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge which is ongoing this month. I have done that challenge twice in the past and it had its rewards, but I need to pass on it this time due to other commitments.

This painting was started back in October, but because of one thing or another, it kept getting pushed aside. I had the background colors done at one point but then decided they were too bright & would conflict with any foreground I added, so went over them to subdue. Then I added the birch trees and those went, more or less, as planned. 

And then the painting sat. And it sat. And it sat. I knew it didn't have enough in it to stand on it's own, but.... what to add?

This sat on the easel and I would walk past it every day. And every day I would look at it & wonder what to do next. And as each day passed, I would fret more because the fear of "ruining it" was growing bigger each day!

One day I simply picked up a brush & "sketched" in the leaves. Grabbed the paint & started with the reds, then the greens & yellows. There are also purples mixed into the leaves (likewise on the tree bark) to help pull this all together. Final steps involved some subtle shading & shadows and the twigs & branches.

I'm calling this done now. It was fun to work at this larger size for a change. This is one of a handful of canvas panels that was given to me by my friends daughter. Seems her mother had intentions of taking up painting (in fact, 1 panel is missing from the package of 3) but did not get the chance before she died. Her daughter thought I could use them to create. So this is the first in my "Peg" series, Birches with leaves. I think she would have liked it.


martinealison said...


C'est une très jolie peinture que vous nous montrez aujourd'hui...

Je voudrais que dans votre coeur règne le bonheur... Je vous envoie tous mes souhaits de joie, de rire et de désirs... Que cette année soit très belle.

Gros bisous à vous.

CrimsonLeaves said...

I love trees and leaves and to me, this is just beautiful, Nancie. I think Peg would love it.


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