Are birch trees a rare subject in painting? Nope, not at all! They are a favorite of certain classic masters, and many beginner, intermediate, and contemporary professional artists love depicting them equally as much. Aspen trees share this passion, too. White tree trunks with black markings just seem to have that universal appeal that we, artistic souls, are drawn to! We feel magical hiking through an aspen forest, and listening to those heart-shaped leaves whisper in the wind. Birches have beautiful paper-like layers, they are practically a national tree of my homeland (Ukraine), and when their leaf colors change with seasons, they call us back again and again to show off their newest “dresses”.
Lets paint them already! If you’ve ever wanted to have your own creation depicting some of these beauties, here is your chance.
In this 3.5 hour workshop we will go through all the steps of getting white trunks and their branches, leaves, markings, and background onto your canvas. You will select your reference photo (birch or aspen? You decide! The visual difference between the two will be explained, and photos provided), create a sketch, and follow artist’s instructions (that’s me!) as she paints her example piece in front of you.
As it goes with all of my studio classes, you will be very much encouraged to assemble your own composition and create your very unique piece, instead of merely copying the painting demo. We will work from dark underpainting to light colors, ending up with big “pop” of contrast, making your tree trunks stand out and get noticed!
This workshop is suitable for first-timers and experienced painters.
Canvas size for this workshop will be 11×14