My newest Peace Tree painting is titled “A Peace Tree Gathering“. I like the way the trees have their arms around each other. They are standing in community.


The painting wraps around all the sides, top and bottom.


I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the cool things I like about aspens are that they share a root system deep under ground.

I like what I read on Wikipedia about them. There it says, “Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground. For this reason it is considered to be an indicator of ancient woodlands.”

My trees are from ancient woodlands.

The one I painted is on a wood box frame. It’s 11″ tall x 8″ wide x 4″ deep.

It looks good on the wall.

And it looks good sitting on a shelf. I like that it can do both.


I’ve noticed my aspen trees are getting more and more colorful. It just seems to turn out that way. Someone told me at the gallery where I show my art in Bend, “You sure aren’t afraid of color.” Indeed, that is one thing I am not afraid of.

To continue my blog post from the 3rd…We hiked Lava Butte again this afternoon. This time I took more pics of the surrounding area.


It was beautiful from up there! And we could see snow coming our way. It was chilly and a bit windy!


We went to the Fire Lookout again and went inside where it felt warmer. The room below the Fire Lookout feels like a solarium. I think they need some benches in it though. We ended up sitting on the floor.


The dogs rested outside. They were pooped from running and playing!


Then the dogs came inside and we had a family photo taken. Course it’s hard to get our doggies to pose nicely so Greg is holding Cody still (he’s really not choking him) before he sinks to the ground.   🙂


We ate some appetizers while we were there. Food always tastes better when you’re in the outdoors and just exercised! We admired the view and then headed home for some warm soup that we new was awaiting us. Happy Sunday to you all!