I managed to finish a couple of projects today, but this one has been in the works the longest so it's getting posted first. I actually drew up the idea for this a couple of years ago, when I sold the first painting I tried with gold leaf, of some lily pads. Actually, I traded it for some glasses, but that's not really the point. I can't find the photo right now, sorry! I wanted to try some more and was looking on things that had reflections when I got the idea of birch trees with dark painted shadows. I finally started it a couple months ago when I had nothing else to do and thought I had plenty of gold leaf left. Wrong! I got maybe three trees in before I ran out, and then had to wait for new to arrive, since there's nowhere to buy any in Regina. The gold leaf is raised enough to be a little smooth (or it won't shine), but still has the texture of the handmade paper it's on.
Well, it finally arrived last week, and I finally made it to the art store for some matte board. I love pictures that are matted so they're at the top of a tall frame. It'll fit any standard 11 x 14 frame.
For sale on Etsy. Go buy it now!