16×20 Acrylic and Impasto on Canvas.
I did this painting because of a previous posting I did a painting called red tree. I had the red tree in my office and a colleague thought I needed one next to it. Both paintings have a black frame for canvas. I bought mine from Amazon and they work great for canvas. They are attached to the canvas by velcro.
I am calling it “cy tree” because I used some gold and red in the tree and I am an Iowa State alumni and that is our school colors. Of course I do know that when those two colors are mixed together they create an orange color but there are some gold highlights. I did add a little bit of white, black and two shades of red.
The impasto was used only on the background. I used a pallet knife and mixed it with the black and white paint and “scraped” the paint from the edges inward. I also mixed it with the brush for the middle. Anyone who has worked with impasto knows it takes a little longer to dry. I set this aside for a couple of days and I added the trunk and branches. Then did the layers of the trees. I started with the dark colors, then the mixture of red and finishing with the highlights.
I don’t know how this looks with the original red tree but I am okay with it for now. I may decide to separate them. The red tree is centered in the space, where as this goes outside the “box”. Sometimes I like to think outside the box.