Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Painting of The Woods

I painted this for my daughter's boyfriend for his graduation present. I know it is hard to tell in the photo but I decoupaged torn maps on the canvas before I started. I tried to add lots of texture. It was a huge learning experience for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It took a lot of thinking to decide what a guy would like. I'm always doing things I like, but I didn't figure he would want roses or tea cups! Ha! This is actually modeled after a scene in a card game that he likes to play. I liked the whimsical, "Tolkien-esque" look to it, and that was sort of what I was going for.

It is done on a stretched canvas, 16X20, and is done in acrylics, mostly. I used various gel mediums to add texture and also used some water color. After I decoupaged the maps on the canvas, I sketched the big trees using water color pencil. I then was able to sketch in the other trees and path, etc. I watched a couple of You-tube videos about painting forests and sunlight. Then I worked on it with various acrylics and mediums.

It was so much fun that I am already starting another painting for my daughter as one of her graduation presents. It will be totally different from this one.

I took this picture of the corner to try to show some of the texture. I am going to link up to Paint Party Friday.



11 comments:

Netty said...

Such a wonderful and special present to give Tricia. Its beautiful. Happy PPF, Annette x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Beautiful painting and such a wonderful gift and so appropriate for grad present ~ 'path of life beginning' ~ ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

Rosie said...

Wow, a very beautiful painting and I see you love swirls too.

NatashaMay said...

Gorgeous trees! Love the swirls. :)

Gloria said...

I love the trees. Great job!:)

Karen Smithey said...

What a wonderful present!

The texture is terrific--

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

I love the texture and the colors are wonderful. It's definitely a fabulous one of a kind gift!

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Mary C. Nasser said...

What a thoughtful graduation gift!
Love that you included torn maps to create texture!
The results are wonderful!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Carol said...

He must be very p;eased with his gift...It's fantastic!! Love the swirls on the trees.

JKW said...

The picture, the textures, the subject, I love it all. Thank you for explaining how you created it. Amazing how much I still have to learn. This is quite the picture. Blessings, Janet PPF