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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

If I were a tree...I'd just paint myself all day.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 
― John Muir

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“At night I dream that you and I are two plants
that grew together, roots entwined,
and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth,
since we are made of earth and rain.” 
― Pablo NerudaRegalo de un Poeta
In the Studio...
I'm not done yet!  But I started painting my four season trees...
Initially, I was going to paint my two trees in love - but the blank space on the canvas was begging for all of my seasons to get on in there!
I love painting their swaying trunks whimsically - to me, all trees to to want to do is dance!
Then, the more I painted, the more I saw a kind of nature battle going on...
Maybe the summer and spring were joining forces...

to battle with the colder months of fall and summer?

So this FAR from done yet - but I'm excited about this!  It's like the four seasons battling it out - I am wondering what should be in the center of the battle - or maybe I should be okay with the blank space?  To be determined...

And nature...
My nature walks are getting more and more jam-packed with amazing nature inspiration.  I am seeing faces, smiles, and lots of spirit in every flower...
 It's also giving me wonderful new ideas for the studio!
This gave me a great painting idea - 3 happy flowers in some kind of synchronized dance?  I'm thinking something lie the fantasia broomsticks...
I love this photo - I see the branches really communicating some kind of message to the leafy tree across the way.  I was trying to imaging what those branches might offer that tree on the other side, what tree-words of wisdom were blowing across the street with the wind...
The pinks are luscious and brilliant, the greens are vibrant and lush, even with an overcast sky.
 Every day brings a new bud, a new treasure, and every morning I wake up wondering what then next surprise will be just outside my window.
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” 
― Chad Sugg

Before I go...
These are all fun little articles from, but believe it or not, they're great stimulators to get that creativity going - so enjoy this eye-candy, kid-inspiration, and curious similarities!!!
Now I'd love to paint that - or see it!
These are FRUITS - not birds!!!
I think this is so beautifully poignant.  I love how kids think - how unfiltered their imagination is, how pure their vision of the world is.

So today, think like a kid, play with the rain, sing with the grass, and rejoice in the symphony of nature.  Just get outside!  See you tomorrow :)
“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.” 
― Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys


  1. Hope I don't double comment. I loved the energy and enthusiasm in this, and can't wait for the finished trees!

  2. Your art is so cool!! Wish I could do something even SOMEWHAT close to that! Keep it up! :)

  3. I absolutely love the interaction among the seasoned trees, and think the poem about the rain is so adorable-reminds me of Grandpa's love of the rain.

  4. I love this art. So expressive and colorful. Nice work!