A Boy Climbed The Larch
Mixed media on gesso panel
40 x 50 x 3 cm
An illustrative piece depicting a silhouette of a larch tree with a boy climbing the branches. I painted the image after a camping trip exploration of a vast wood at Sheringham in North Norfolk at dusk. A new moon hangs in the pink sky.
To make the image I stained the gesso with ink and oil paint, building layers of colour in glazes to give it depth and richness, adding the larch tree in ink and colouring over with coloured pencil and pastels. The resulting artwork is a vivid, contrasting and textured panel.
Gesso is a traditional ground made from glue and chalk whiting which is painted in thin layers on a prepared panel, dried and sanded back. The panel has natural dips and raises which I have utilised to add texture to the finished piece and as the edges of the panel are raw I have framed it in a charcoal black, wooden floater frame, ready to hang.