Bristlecone #2

This is another bristlecone pine tree. this link is to an article about them in Wikipedia. I was fascinated by the harsh climate they grow in and their age. They are one of the oldest trees around. But what really struck me was the twisting and turning of their branches and trunk. This is 24″x 24″ or 61″ x 61″ 2021.

On another note, I have to take a little break as I did too much gardening and my back is hurting. Trying to stay off my feet as much as possible. There is another tree painting on the easel waiting……Bristlecone #2

oak tree

This is the next painting in the series of trees. It is inspired by the oak trees in City Park in New Orleans. I would often drive through the park on the way to visit a friend. I always loved driving on the tree lined streets. The Dueling oak is still there. It was where in the 17-1800s guys would go to duel. At the time it was well away from the city. Anyway, I have a few photos I took and so used them here. Memories.

3 Trees and Bristle Pine

                                     3 Trees on a Hill, inspired by bristle cone pine trees of the western, USA.

3 trees on a hill

bristle pine tree

Bristol Pine Tree, 2016, 36″ x 24′ or 91.44cm x 61 cm

As you can see from the date on the second tree, I’ve actually have been interested in trees. They are some of the oldest trees. I am fascinated with the twisting of the trunk and branches. A friend of mine Rachel Newton had taken some pictures of them. With her permission, I used a few of her photos. And then I abandoned them, not sure why. As I was fumbling about for new inspiration I came across the photos and this one painting. I may have had another painting, don’t know where it is. There is a pictures of it on my older works site. Also a block print from undergraduate printmaking class is the genesis for trees. My daughter may have that painting. (she occasionally “raids” my paintings. it is fine. I’m happy she likes them!) Anyway, I rediscovered them and started painting again. So far, so good. I think I have a few more in me. They reflect the technique I’ve used for my angel pictures but with different colors and they are rooted in the ordinary world. Fingers crossed

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