The Challenge for the month of September is Empty Spaces
By Susan Irving Here are my efforts for the “TREES” challenge. It seems I paint a lot of trees. The first is “Trees” Fresh Paint app. I was going for something bright and a bit abstract looking.
The second one is a winter view of an old tree growing behind the Cotton Mill in Cornwall.
The third is a small mixed media, Treetops.
The fourth is painted from a photo I took on a visit to Wales, UK. The twisty trees fascinated me.
Tree of Life is mixed media.
And the last a photo taken recently on a visit to Wakefield QC of some lovely roots on the banks of the Gatineau River.
By Susan Latreille
“Trees of beauty and height and grace,
To stand in splendor before His face.”
When Canadian poet Bliss Carman wrote Trees, in which these lines appear, Dutch Elm Disease was unknown in North America. Now there are hardly any living elm trees to be seen.
We have some standing (not living) elms on our property, mostly held up by parasitic vines, a different kind of splendor.
By Yvonne Callaway It is often suggested that artists should create works in series. Trees offer a wonderful opportunity for that, whether realistically depicted or leaning towards the fantastic.
By Milo Smith Trees are a spectrum. I particularly like windblown pines that remind me of the Group of Seven. I isolated this one from the distractions around it where it grows on County Road 17.
On the other hand, some trees grow neat and symmetrical in a garden.
Of course, all trees die as this one standing among its living brethren in in black and white.
Finally, the dead may be reduced to a stump before disappearing, as in this one in by the Garry River. Yet, there are signs of burgeoning life!
By Bobi Leutschaft Poitras This is an older work with the tree playing a supporting role.
By Kerry Herwynen McIntosh Again, I’ve been busy. Sorting and emptying. Trying to clean. Well, maybe not cleaning? Anyway, I knew I must have a tree painting. Doesn’t everyone?
This little piece took me by surprise when I ran across it! It is not at all what I remember it being. I don’t recall all the red and purple? Or the large Easter egg? Rock?
It’s been a nice diversion looking through the paintings in the closet though, however briefly. I’m becoming more motivated to paint again but first, I must clean the horizontal surfaces …..
By Tina Whitman I have focused on tree blossoms for this challenge. I love taking pictures of trees in our area. The blossoms are really interesting and quite beautiful.
By Isabelle Utovac Here is my submission for the challenge of TREES. I don’t have a blurb for it; I look at it and I don’t even know how I managed to paint this!
By Veronica Utovac. [Ed. note: Veronica is our newest member!]