View Full Version : "Birch" - WIP

09-26-2007, 01:55 PM
X-Posted from Acrylics, I've begun a new series "Autumn" that focuses on color and especially textures. This is based on a fantastic photo by flickr photographer Trish Overton who graciously permitted me to use the reference here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/326349331/

It's started on 18 x 24" gallery wrapped canvas and is in early stages yet. But, you may see that I'm aiming at abstracted view highlighting the textures of the River Birch. I applied basic geometric shapes in dark, then came back with lighter colors allowing edges to peak through and am working in glazes for texture now. Who know where it will go from here! I'm thinking the left blurry trunk needs to be darker and maybe even narrower - bring in some more of the dark blue background into the picture plane on the left...yes? Suggestions welcome as always!


09-26-2007, 02:07 PM
Celeste, this one captured my eye immediately and gave me pause to really look at it. all good things in art, IMO. the only suggestion that comes to mind right now is to bring the front birch forward with a few brilliant white highlights and slightly downplay that back birch to give this some depth. of course doing this all w/o losing the abstract quality. not a lot to ask...right?:lol:

09-26-2007, 03:33 PM
Thanks Billie! Those are exactly the items on my "to do" list here. I'm thinking of using more darker glazes to subdue and push back the left tree, maybe a little dry brushing on edges. Yes, light highlights on the right, focal trunk as well as darkening the right side of that right trunk...any other ideas?

09-30-2007, 12:08 AM
Just got to work on this a very short time today, was wrapping up the "Autumn Forest" challenge. It's getting there, slowly but surely I think. C&C welcome!


09-30-2007, 08:35 AM
Looks great so fare!

09-30-2007, 08:39 AM
Hi Celeste,
I'm certainly not qualified to critique abstract art, but I can comment and say that your complimentary colors are beautiful. I followed your link to the photo and you have captured the feel of the textures. Birch is my favorite tree anyway, and we have river birch here in MS.


09-30-2007, 09:09 AM
Thank you Marianne and Jeanette - it is a truly beautiful tree, I can see why it's your favorite.

I in no way feel brave enough to produce pure abstract art, but I do love how the macro perspective allows me to "abstract" a subject.

09-30-2007, 01:20 PM
this is coming along well, Celeste. really well! i can feel the sun on that front birch.

09-30-2007, 09:55 PM
I think I'm about to call this finished, but would appreciate your discerning eyes to tell me if the composition flows or if anything's distracting. I tried to bring in some pastel colors to brighten the feel of the piece, hopefully everything harmonizes. I'll take a better photo in daytime tomorrow.


09-30-2007, 11:51 PM
Celeste, i'd still put a bit of bright white here and there to make this pop. just a suggestion.........

10-01-2007, 12:18 AM
This is really neat, and different. I love how creative you are.

10-01-2007, 06:15 AM
Thanks Billie and Deb!

10-01-2007, 01:56 PM
Here's the final version - added some more bright white Billie!


lani noa
10-01-2007, 07:19 PM
You have captured the essence of the original photo in a beautiful and abstract way, very nice!

10-01-2007, 07:47 PM
Thanks Misty.

Charlie's Mum
10-01-2007, 10:37 PM
Just looked at this in acrylics - looking here makes me think this piece of trunk has been lit up by torchlight!
Makes a whole new meaning .... walking through the forest late at night! Spooky? :D

10-01-2007, 10:57 PM
Spooky's okay...glad to see it's interesting for sure! Thanks Maureen. It was tons of fun.

10-02-2007, 01:29 AM
It may be abstract, but it looks like I can touch it. Glad you maintained that dark blue background, complementing the orange tones.


10-02-2007, 06:31 AM
Glad you like it Jeanette. I love that blue background - part of the richness.