Sometimes what appears in my art journal turns into a full blown piece of art like this gnarled old tree… now on a 16 x 40 inch canvas!
The process to get from one to the other involved many steps. The background was made with my own Citra Solv technique and a hand cut stencil. The tree trunk was painted on lightly so the background would show through.
For the leaves, I painted a batch of papers using stencils and lots of green paint. I also used a decorative napkin, wallpaper, and book pages. Then I cut leaves out of the papers. Lots of leaves.
Once the leaves were glued in place, I added detail work and shading.
It took a lot of space on the table for this long canvas!
I finished up the piece with the coming of the new year. It seemed so fitting to have this old weathered tree growing a new crop of leaves just as we welcomed in a new year. Seems like a message of hope and promise and new things to come!
This piece will be headed soon to Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.