Birch Tree Commission - Process

My love of birch trees is pretty well known and they are one of my most well known popular painting series. This commission was done for a specific space in a new condo and became one of the largest pieces I have done-- it ended up being a 4 x 6 piece that turned the empty wall into a focal point tying into the colorful purple and orange hues in the place. The painting reflects the moodiness and beauty of a fall birch forest as the leaves begin to fall. Here are some pics of the process from beginning to installation....

Birch Demo

Had a great time at my daughter's teaching practicum last week demonstrating my birch painting technique. The demo was for a group of kids in ages ranging from 5-12 with about 15 kids in total. We talked about trees and how they communicate with each other (a true fact actually). I then showed them how I create the birch trunks with palette knife work and create falling leaves in the forest. They then tried it themselves and did a pretty fantastic job! Art education is for any age... thanks for the opportunity! The birch forest mural will have a permanent spot for the kids to see what they have accomplished. Here are some photos of the session.....

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