Friday, July 31, 2009
I'm so excited to have discovered a new (to me) type of aspen. We were having dinner with some friends at their home in Evergreen the other night and I saw an aspen tree I'd not seen before. I learned it was called a Swedish Aspen. The difference in these trees to the more common aspen trees is they are a bit more formal in composition. They grow quickly and their leaves grow more closely to the trunk. It looks like a bullet. My friend told me they are so gorgeous in the fall with their bright red leaves, so of course I had to paint them with the red! I also noticed their branches start a bit high and grow up more than out. The leaves aren't as smooth as the typical aspen leaf, they are a big jagged.
So, "Swedish Aspen" is done on a 12x6" 3/4" cradled panel that I have stained on the sides. I used several different papers in the leaves along with the acrylic paint. I've included a detail pic so you can see the two media working together. The trunks are made from my own papers I've created just for aspen trunks. This is available on my website.
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