Just recently a student asked me, ” Why do you paint trees without leaves?” Hmm I began to think; I do paint a lot of snags and old dead trees. I like the structure of a tree trunk and the branches that reach toward the sky, why should they be covered up. But I realized that it had been a long time since I painted a piece that was just vegetation. We have plenty of it up in the mountains of Arizona so yes, I should paint some. Besides I needed a good example for my student.
I found a photograph of one of our lovely sunrises that had plenty of trees (with leaves) and went to work. Than I realized how much I love vegetation in fact that is why we (hubby and me) choose to live where we do. This has turned out to be one of my favorite new painting. There is something about forests that become so sheltering, nurturing, and comforting. I love to hike in them. I love the scent of pine, especially after one of our monsoon rains.
So I have the bug now, I will be painting many more trees with leaves, and probably some more old snags also. I really do love trees. Painting the Southwest one adventure at a time.
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