At whimsy when Lindsey actually has free time! I know right what is free time?! She likes to create large canvas art, and we get a lot of questions and compliments on them. They are for sale however you may want to take up a large scale project on your own!
Materials: Large Canvas, Big background brushes and a variety of sizes for details, Acrylic Paints, Paper towel roll, spray bottle, water and a bucket and anything else you may want to add to your canvas! Some people like to add in glitter, string, leaves, paper, spray paint, popsicle sticks or even paint with sponges and pallet knives.
Below is a process for the one and only original “On Silver Pond.”
The Background is sprayed with water from a water bottle to make the canvas wet and then tones of grey paint were applied with a crumpled paper towel and a large paint brush. I built up dark areas and light areas with a lot of texture to give it some interest. I then applied a flat area for a body of water or the idea of water in the background. I added some yellow ochre tints to the sky to give it a tickle of color or limited color to add more effect to the black and white. The trick to doing a large background is to keep it wet!! If the paint dries out it makes it difficult to work on so a spay bottle is your best friend when working large. Large brushes, paper towels and terry towels are fantastic ways of applying the paint fast!
Once that was completed I started working the tree into the foreground with solid black paint and water with a little and medium brush. The root system was especially fun to work into this one along with some grass. One of the hardest parts working so large is how to scale the subject on the canvas, how bit should the tree be? The harder question is how thick should the branches be! I always start small and gradually build the object up, until I get it as large as I want it to be! Step away form the canvas ALOT especially when working large so you can see how the objects are working all together.
The last step was applying the red leaves with burnt sienna, crimson red and yellow ochre. To do the leaves I used little crumpled paper towels to apply the paint on irregularly. I built it up until I liked it but was careful to not over do it! Sky holes are important, leaving some background showing through.