My first Winter Birch Forest Painting sold almost immediately. It has gotten more feedback than any painting I have done so far, and it was painted to specific requirements of the interior designer for the space it was to hang. So when it sold, I knew I had to expand the series and do a new Winter Birch Forest painting. Ultimately I plan to do a “Birch Forest” series encompassing multiple paintings in all four seasons. I really enjoy conceptualizing these birch forests, and choosing the birds to put in them. The choices are usually influenced by the birds I have been observing out my window the days prior to painting, and this time our resident downy woodpecker has been making the rounds.
I filmed the painting of both of these paintings and with some luck will be putting up a time-lapse video of the first of these on YouTube soon for those who would like to see how I approach these. Its possible I will do a short teal-time demonstration of how I paint the birch trunks with a little more detail. Its my goal to share how I learn and paint with anyone who is interested, as that is how I learn myself.
This painting is 16″ x 40″ x 2″ and the painting extends around the edges. It is currently on display at the Mad River Barn Inn and Restaurant in Waitsfield Vermont for anyone passing through.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it!
“Autumn Escape” was inspired by the beautiful Autumn foliage here in Vermont along with trips to Northern Maine with my dad. This painting was done as a gift for my mom and dad for their home in Florida. When they opened it, the first thing my dad said was “It reminds me of Maine”, which was the perfect compliment.
This was the 3rd or 4th painting I did that featured birch trees as a focal point. I found I really enjoyed the process of painting birch tree trunks. I paint them a little different than I do other trees in that for birch I start with white (well almost white) and go from light to dark instead of the usual approach of painting from dark to light.
I didn’t want to struggle to get that beautiful luminous quality of the crisp white bark of a paper-white birch so starting with the light and adding the dark made more sense to me.
I hope to soon put up a You Tube video of me painting a birch tree to share my technique. When I have done that I’ll update this post.
Struggles with this painting included the water which is still a challenge for me every time I tackle it. I think I did the water in this painting 3 times before getting it to a place I like.
I also left the sky clear so it wouldn’t draw attention away from the focal points, the birch, the near island and the reflections.
I was very happy with the trees on the far shore and island, layering the paint to build up the subtle color that hints of the fall foliage. Birch trees usually turn early to the far trees, maples, oaks, beech and the like, are just getting a hint of fall color.
I enjoy paining large (this is 30″ x 40″) but it does pose additional challenges in keeping the paint fluid. I use regular (not open) acrylics so have to work fast.
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