Yesterday I mentioned how I use trees a lot in my work. I do love the tree image. I have a few new acrylic paintings I’d like to share with you that have trees in them.

The first one was painted for the May show at the Tumalo Art Co.gallery in Bend, Oregon. The theme of the show was to take one of three landscape photographs by Bruce Jackson and use that as a starting point to create a painting from.

I chose Bruce’s photo “Twilight Fire.”

Twilght Fire by Oregon Fine Art Photographer Bruce Jackson

Twilght Fire by Oregon Fine Art Photographer Bruce Jackson

My intention was to take the image of “Twilight Fire” and make an abstract painting from it.

Inspired by the magnificent color in Bruce’s photo, my painting evolved as if it had a life of it’s own. The color definitely took over! I don’t often paint landscapes and when I do they are usually from my imagination.

Bruce’s photo was a stepping stone for me to leap into the unknown of which “Kaleidoscope Mountain” came forth. It didn’t turn out as abstract as I had intended but I was happy with the results.

Close up of Kaleidoscope Mountain

Close up of Kaleidoscope Mountain

I painted it on a reclaimed wood panel so it has a warm, honey brown frame around it. Kaleidoscope Mountain is now showing through May at the Tumalo Art Co.

Kaleidoscope Mountain, Acrylic on Wood, 25' X 17", $795

Kaleidoscope Mountain, Acrylic on Wood, 25' X 17", $795

I’ve been painting more whimsical tree paintings and wanted to share two of them.

First few layers of paint

First few layers of paint on I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons

Detail of I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons

Detail of I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons

This is the finished framed piece of I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons.

I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons, 13" x 25", acrylic on canvas, $625

I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons, 13" x 25", acrylic on canvas, $625

This is the finished framed piece of Moonlight Magic.

Moonlight Magic, Acrylic on Canvas, 13" x 25", $625

Moonlight Magic, Acrylic on Canvas, 13" x 25", $625

detail of Moonlight Magic

detail of Moonlight Magic

Hope you enjoyed seeing the new paintings.