Finished! This ended up being a mixed media collage. After the gesso, the markers, the colored pencil, the acrylic paint, and the gel transfer, I painted the tree. I then painted some watercolor paper and tore it into little pieces and collaged it onto the tree, added some more acrylic paint and another gel transfer of a red bird. Voila - "Silent Color"! It is collaged on an 8" x 8" canvas with staplefree sides that I painted black. I am liking gel transferring and I think I will do some further experimenting with it. I really like the look of a lot of texture in the background of paintings and I want to work on achieving that look.
This painting is available on eBay. ~~~~SOLD~~~~