Knitting the Wind, Painting a tree with mixed media
Knitting the Wind,
Mixed media on canvas
48 x 48 inches
I wanted a different perspective to paint that tree, a bit as if you were taking a nap there. I also was thinking about yarn bombing and that was my inspirations for the colors on the branches as well as for the title, this and the fact that the intricate branches are making the wind go around them in complicated motions as if they were knitting the wind.
I start by drawing the tree on canvas with pencil.
I am starting by a first layer of diluted red acrylic ink, I am making sure that the drawing is still visible under the successive layers of paint.
I am then painting a second layer of yellow acrylic paint with some blue in the lower part, then I paint a third layer of white acrylic
To make sure I can still see my drawing, I am painting the tree with green acrylic, that will act as an under-painting.
I paint the tree with a mix of China Ink and red liquid acrylic. I spray some parts with water or alcohol to add some textural effect on the branches.
red liquid acrylic
I paint another layer of white acrylic on the background working around the branches.
I then fill out the background by scribbling with a pencil.
I want to try different colour combinations with dry pastels
I find the tree a bit too dark so I am trying different combinations with dry pastels
Fixing the pastels with workable fixative will cause most light colors to almost disappear.
I am adding colors on the branches with acrylic paints
Here is a stop motion movie showing the painting process:
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