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“Sunny Birches” (91 x 76 cm/36 x 30 in.) was a special commission, years in the making. The collector had a clear idea of the subject and colour scheme they wanted, but were searching for that perfect location in the home and thus considering and reconsidering size. Using different pictures in the home as a guideline, they settled on a sunny room in the entrance on the home. A large blank wall meant there were few limitations in terms of size. The guideline for this piece was: birches and lots of sun! When I work on commissions, I ask many questions at the start of the process including if there is a certain mood, feeling, or emotion the collector wants to see in the work. In this case, my keywords to focus on were: hope, light, and happiness. I painted the sunlight shimmering through the birch trees with white, yellows, and greens. In contrast to this dancing light are the strong pillars of the birch trees, rendered in their typical crisp black and white. The pathway through the forest floor leads the eye toward the sunlight. Accents, including small yellow flowers of touches of light purples, greys, and browns, lend texture to the forest floor.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:35.8 W x 29.9 H x 0.8 D in
Ready to Hang:No
Laura K. Smith (1989) is a Canadian-born landscape painter based near Antwerp, Belgium. From a young age, Laura drew and painted with her grandfather (‘Opa’) and was inspired by the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art movements she learned about in school. In Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium, Laura studied Studio Fine Arts, Art History, and Art Theory, and earned a Ph.D. in Literature in 2018. Laura has worked in academia and as an art consultant, gallery assistant, and researcher, for internationally renowned art institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Colnaghi, the first commercial art gallery in the world. She is now pursuing her own painting practice professionally. Peaceful, joyful, strong, colourful, dream-like, and haunting are some of the ways in which Laura’s paintings have been described. Using acrylic on canvas, Laura paints colourful landscape scenes of her home country of Canada and her new home country of Belgium with the aim of sharing the joy that she experiences in the practice and appreciation of art. More recently, Laura has started working in watercolour. Complementary to her painting practice, Laura writes about her process and inspiration in her blog, available on her website.
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