Saturday, November 01, 2014

Silverbark at Sundown ~ complete (acrylic and collage on paper)

I'm going to call this done now. It doesn't look like I've done much since my last post but I spent a lot of time just looking at the painting and deciding how I wanted to create the leaves. I finally settled on a paste paper that I copper leafed on one side, painted on the other. I used tracing paper so the copper leaf would show through and tone the yellow. This produced a fairly accurate representation of birch leaves in Fall. Then the issue was where to place the leaves and how many wouldn't be too many. Did they distract or benefit the painting? Branches were never where I needed them and I knew I should've added the leaf placement to the original drawing. Dang! Ah well, a Chinese white pencil and a violet Prismacolor Verithin solved the problem. Cutting those teeny, tiny leaves was a chore, as was using tweezers to handle them. I think it was worth the effort and time, though. I'm pretty happy with it. :) The final size is approx. 6 1/2" x 29".
Work in progress


Pat said...

Done - and stunning. There is a real glow about this painting, that touches something deep inside me. Fabulous!

Billie Crain said...

I'm thrilled you like it, Pat! Someone saying my work has impact for them is the highest praise.

Unknown said...

u Billy, such a delicate and beautifull painting! I wished I had painted it. It is realy wonderfull.

Billie Crain said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, Cecile!