“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Painting of Fall Aspen and Birch Trees in an Autumn Forest by Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon
This sweet little 12″x12″ painting is part of my aspen and birch tree collection. Set in an autumn forest surrounded by trees and fall foliage, this painting is a close up study of a paper birch bark tree trunk and thick, dense layers of crisp yellow autumn leaves.
Using my signature impasto painting technique, I’ve used palette knives to sculpt and layer acrylic paint to create a semi abstract, thickly textured interpretation of a birch tree in nature. The leaves have turned from their summer greens to a variety of autumn yellow shades ranging from deep sienna, yellow ochre to a bright and vibrant lemon yellow. The brightness of the leaves stand out from the dark depths of the dense forest. At this time of year, the surrounding bushes and forest ground cover turn fiery shades of deep red which add a velvety richness to the painting.
The painted surface of the painting is thick and textured, creating a three dimensional effect of the leaves. The leaves literally jut out from the surface of the painting and the rough texture of the birch bark can be felt by touch as well as seen – adding a bit of realism to this otherwise abstract landscape painting.
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