"Growing up running through trails in woods and playing in the backyards of New England, the pine tree seemed always poised to climb. Whether pine cones and pine needles hanging from the sky or all those fallen to the ground, they always captured my attention. Jumping from branch to branch with sap covered hands or atop a mountain with a view as far as the eye could see, pine trees. Everywhere."
Pine Tree One
As a child, I loved Looking past the branches of pine trees, dreaming about what life must be like beyond the pine needles. Painting them now in black & white ink reminds me of the fall and a yard covered with piles of fallen orange needles.
Pine Tree Two
Remembering the lowest limbs of tall trees just out of my reach, I can feel my adventure to climb them anyway. I'm not sure what drove me to climb as high as possible, but I still get the urge.
Pine Tree Three
Many artists have painted pines, and this one reminds me of Claude Monet's "Under the Pines." Using a similar brushstroke as the impressionists representing reflecting light in nature, I am seeking nature's emotional reflection.
Pine Tree Four
Combining Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and "Lord of the Rings" by Tolkien, this pine tree wants to giddy-up and start its journey to Mount Doom!
Pine Tree Five
There are over 100 species of pines that live 100-1000's years. "Methuselah" is one of the oldest at 4,851 years. Capturing the pine's strength and height (some as tall as 270 feet) is something I found living in this painting.
Pine Tree Six
Generations of confiners have weathered some 300 million years of stormy weather. Even in their broken state, the energetic brushstrokes here portray the pines' resilience.
Pine Tree Seven
Dr Suess is back. The pine needles are transforming into firework displays as I am painting with joy and playfulness. Even the branches are contorting to the music.
Pine Tree Eight
Chunky and layered with deep channels, the bark of a pine. It is sprouting in a spiral up the tree with branches, reaching outward.
Pine Tree Nine
One of the "Three Friends of Winter" in Chinese culture, the pine is the foundational object of practice for any sumi-e artist. Next to its other two friends, the plum and bamboo, I am carefully studying them daily.
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