Original Size: 18"x24"
Price for Original: $275
This is my version of a mixed medium cherry blossom branch painting. I experimented with paper cuts of cherry blossoms on Japanese rice paper and origami paper. The blue backdrop and light beige branch was painted with acrylic paints. I chose a light color branch to make it stand out from the blue background. Most of the larger cherry blossom flowers have vibrant red cherry blossom or leaf patterns to contrast with the bright blue background. Each of the red cherry blossoms have a unique cut for the stamen. I layered smaller paper cherry blossom cuts over the larger flowers. I also glued sparkly Swarovski yellow crystals to accent the entire painting at the very end. All the paper cherry blossoms were glued onto the wood frame panel.
Inspiration for Red Cherry Blossom Branch Paper Cut Painting
I was inspired to do my own paper cutting version of a cherry blossom painting when I visited Washington D.C. last year in the summer. I missed the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April but I was still able to see the beautiful cherry blossom artwork of Junko Yamada of Jackson Heights, NY. She designed the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival Artwork. She combines the modern capitol buildings with traditional Japanese cherry blossom rice paper art. Her collages are composed of thousands of pieces of fine paper in the tradition of “Harie,” an ancient style of Japanese art. My favorite is her pink cherry blossom tree in front of the Jefferson monument. I love the way she uses different textures and shades of rice paper to create shadows on the tree and layers on the cherry blossom flower. I created my own version of a mixed media cherry blossom painting with a more 2-dimensional vibrant red festive feel.