After 79 hours of painting, I finished “Birch” today, and while it looks like a winter image, it was based on a photo I took last year in April. I saw the tree at Koeneman Park as I walked across the frosty grass. I loved the way the sunlit tree was illuminated against the blue tree-covered slope of McBride Peak.
As you can see it is an unusual shape for a painting. I had been given the blank canvas that had been purchased by the late Trevor Jones, the McBride artist, and I wasn’t quite sure how I would use it. I decided to do a vertical image rather than a horizontal one, and decided on the Koeneman birch. As I painted it, I was confronted with all of the lacy small branches of the tree which were a pain to paint, but after a little more than four months of painting one square a day, it is finished.
It was done with acrylics on a 12” X 36” (30cm x 90cm) canvas.
I am not sure what I will paint next.