"Crimson Forest" is my newest tree piece featuring the wonderful aspen trees in their full crimson glory that can sometimes been seen in spring.
Most folks may be familiar with aspens with their lovely yellow leaves, but there does come a time when those leaves turn a gorgeous red and not only in the fall but spring too! A chemical called Anthocyanins are produced during certain conditions—and then, with the very cool evenings, the veins of the leaves gradually close—leaving behind the gorgeous reds, oranges and even purples of the anthocyanin pigments.
I paint in thin and thick layers that ultimately catch light and shadows as well as contributing unusual color elements to the image as the next layer is applied. This technique not only creates a three-dimensional quality to the original as well as prints, but it also adds a richness and dramatic effect. This piece features rich and gorgeous silver, blacks, greys and whites, along with a touch of metallic shimmer that can be seen up close.
This is a large, square piece, 24" x 24" x 1.5" (sides painted, no frame needed).