or rather "Serpent in the Tree"
I have always been fascinated by depictions of this particular ancient story, so when I "acquired"(from my boys bedroom) a 22" x 10" box canvas, that was begging to be up-cycled lol, it was perfect for this project :D
I also "found" a pack of decorating stencils I bought from a home decor shop years ago, and new they too would be perfect for this canvas...
A coat of white gesso removed the offending street sign...and layers of stencilling ensued...
until the serpent was ready to show itself :D
White gesso on the background highlighted the image, and black acrylic defined the edges. Greenery was added with a stipple brush(stiff bristled stencil brush)...
then a deep blue stencilled over gave depth to the tree.
A deep yellow and rich red added fiery primal heat to the background, while white highlighting gave "form" to the serpent's body.
Final touches included iridescent paint to the body, gold paint on areas of the background/fruit/tree trunk and brown paint rubbed around edges to add ageing.
The "white" areas are where the iridescent paint reflected the light
I would like to credit Tee Thompson and Jeanette House for showing me some of the techniques I used in this piece. I really love it, and it would not have happened without their inspiration :D
Enjoy :D XXX