"Tranquil Grove" is a unique piece in that it's a bit of a return to my roots in Russia; something I haven't done as much in my more recent work. For those who have never been there, Russia is rich with birch trees. When I think of my homeland, I am often reminded of the woodlands in which I played as a child. I can still remember the character of those slim white soldiers through which we ran and dodged in games of tag; or remember standing alone peeling off a few layers of the blackened bark in times of introspection. The birch is a special tree to me. Coming to Canada, and painting Tranquil Grove, has taught me that it's a special tree to many others as well.
The original piece was done using an acrylic ink paint on watercolor paper. The technique is very similar to watercolor but tends to keep more vibrant hews and dries permanently to the paper.
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