Location painting:‘Through the Silver Birch’
This oil painting, completed on location, shows a group of Silver Birch trees on the boundary of a garden.
There's something about Silver Birch trees, isn't there? With their white trunks, and leaves that dance in the slightest of breezes.
Silver Birch look good at any time of year, with the beautiful white bark on their trunks and graceful slightly drooping habit of growth.
They're often slender and tall trees as well, which adds to the relaxed tranquility they seem to create.
Silver Birch often feature in landscape art, whether they dominate the composition or add a 'something' in a bit part.
I'd been looking for an opportunity to study trees in their setting, when I came across this group. Surprisingly challenging – and enriching because of it. They take some capturing.
original plein‑air painting
- Artwork Size: 25.4 x 25.4 cm (10 x 10 ins)
- Medium: oil
- Ground: canvas panel
- Frame: Yes. Available without
This is the second painting I've made from the same position, the first painting didn't quite cut‑it, so I painted over it.
I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile revisiting the spot in Winter, Spring and Autumn. It might make a good series, or a triptych of sorts (set of three).
I'd also like to make a studio artwork based on this location painting. I'd add the little visitors that all too quickly crept in and out of view when I was painting this.
This little location painting glows with light and breeziness. It sits well in any scheme, whether modern or more traditional, especially in a double hand painted frame.