"Branching Out" is the newest treescape triptych to make it out of my studio, recently sprayed with a protective matt finish and currently drying in my basement.
I wanted to do a multi-canvas painting and knew that I had something in mind that was really contemporary and abstract but I also wanted lots of texture, so I decided on a triptych treescape.
First I always play around with different shapes and sizes of canvas, orienting them different ways to try and decide how I want to lay out the painting. Once that portion of the process is decided upon, I can than go ahead and make my sketch.
While I'm creating a sketch, I also start on my background which can take a couple of days for a painting this size as there are layers or color applied that must dry before others are added. A heavy application of stucco gives the tree branches really thick texture.
The finished panels are placed together for the last time, just to make sure everything looks just right and the completed painting has emerged.