Updated: Jan 8, 2021
Monochromatic Birches - Mixed Media on a 20 x 24 stretched canvas.
Golden Grove, 18 x 24 - Another piece created using the same method on a cradled wood paneled substrate.
I tried a new few new techniques on these paintings. Here are the supplies I used for Monochromatic Birches:
For Golden Groves I used Rustoleum's Metallic Accents, Gold and other heavy-bodied Golden acrylic colors, as well as some paper snippets applied with gel medium.
Here is the basic process for the Monochromatic Birches:
First I applied Dick Blick silver acrylic paint over the entire background with a sponge. It has a pewter-y look to it.
Next I tinted a sizable portion of Utrecht Acrylic Modeling paste with black to make it gray and began applying it to the 20 x 24 canvas with a palette knife.
I continued applying textured trees, adding some black knots while the paint was still wet. I grew my forest as I went along, placing larger and smaller trees in a pleasing combination.
I added small branches with black and a narrow brush.
Next I used a palette knife to apply white acrylic to the left side of the trees.
Then I added Utrecht Buff to the right side of the trees for a sun-lit look.
I was debating whether to add anything else - like adding some collage texture or other subtle color to the trees, but decided to call this one complete. Here's a close-up showing the modeling paste texture. I love the 3D quality.
"Hey grandma, you should paint me something for my apartment!" When your 21-year-old grandson requests one of your paintings, I think it's quite an honor!
Riley just drove away with this one - he says it will look perfect in his monochromatic apartment at UW Green Bay!