Actual size


Siberian Blush
Siberian Tiger
Traditional Miniature
Acrylic on Composite Board
Image: 3 5/8" x 5 1/2"
Frame: 7 1/4" x 9 1/8"
Private Collection


I've never had the opportunity to visit Siberia, except through videos and books. This painting actually started out as an early autumn scene. Once I laid down the warm autumn tones, I didn't like what I was seeing, so I decided to change the whole concept to a winter setting. As I started to block in the snow, something wonderful happened. The autumn colors I had painted blushed through these new translucent layers of blue paint, creating a warm glow. I then chose to emphasize that feeling by bringing in a soft warm back light to exaggerate the contrast of the cold blue snow. The "Blush" in the title comes from this happy accident!