Friday, April 30, 2010

Lone Tree on a Green Hill

Lone Tree 3"x3" watercolor and pencil on illustration board
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What began as an experiment in technique ended up as a small token to the simple beauty of nature.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Where Have All the Trees Gone?

acrylic on canvas 8"x24"
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It is unusual for me to paint with acrylics onto canvas, but here is one I quite like. I collected bits of paper that would otherwise have been thrown away during the third week of April 2009, and collaged the background with them. Then I layered in the homes, trees, and scrolls in acrylic paint. My love of trees has steadily grown since I moved to the coastal rain forest Living amongst trees here is two-sided: it is extraordinary to walk beneath them and hear and feel and see the life they are and the life they bring; then to see them, large and small, slashed and bound onto logging trucks headed for unknown and far off People purposes. I generally try to stay away from an agenda like this in my art, but I started thinking of this rhyme and couldn't get it out of my head until I painted it. The little tree on the left with all the leaves signifies new life, new hope.

In other happenings, I have been busily preparing for my first art/craft show booth! I am very excited and nervous. I will be having a space at the Astoria Sunday Market in Astoria, Oregon. It is a farmers market and art/craft show held downtown on Sundays, and runs throughout the summer months and just into the fall season. The first day of the market season this year is Mother's Day, May 9. I have a bit of new work that will be making an appearance there, will be posting them this week.