The Lady In The Tree (2015)
Acrylic painting by Michelle Soden-Gilkes


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 31.5 × 39.37 × 0.98 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed certificate of authenticity

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Michelle Soden-Gilkes


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Shapes of animals in clouds; dancing fairies in flowers petals; magical beasts in the mountains; and people in trees. Again inspired by nature, and this time a tree in someone's front garden in Zurich, Switzerland, 'The Lady In The Tree' is a silhouette against a vibrant blue background.
The colour scheme for this painting is inspired by Belgian painter and muralist Constant Montald (1862-1944). Two of his paintings cover most of the wall space and dominate the reception area of Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium.
The colours of the finished painting change as the light changes. I wanted this to be a bit more than just a silhouette with enough paint so that you can feel the brushstrokes on the tree at a closer distance. Tracing out the silhoutte on to black tissue paper and then cutting it out with a scalpel, I then applied that to the canvas which took me alot longer than I anticipated, it was the same applying the black paint over it whilst trying to keep the brush strokes as fine as the cutout but at the same time give them alot of depth. The artwork was originally intended to be oil on canvas but ended up all acrylic, and instead of using silver I opted for gold which changes and becomes more vibrant as the light changes on the painting. This painting was a fantastic challenge for me and I am pleased with the results.
The painted sides are 2.5cm deep and unframed.
Signed on the bottom side and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Materials used:

Acrylic paint, tissue paper.

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