Floating moons. A tattooed tree. Brilliant shades of blue.
This is my latest whimsical tree painting titled “One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons II.” I call my whimsical trees with the tattooed bark “Peace Trees.” Peace Trees represent peace and good will. Often times I will have prayer flags with them. This one has floating moons.
“One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons II”, 12″ x 24″, acrylic on wood panel, $575
When I first created painting #1 with the same title, I was in Prescott, AZ. I had never heard of floating moon shadows. I just came up with the name after I painted it. This painting was one of three whimsical trees in a triptych. I was showing it at the gallery in Prescott, AZ called Van Gogh’s Ear. It sold quickly.
(Above: detail of painting titled One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons, sold)
I liked it so much I made a card and a print out of it. You can find the print in my Etsy shop.
Last summer, during the solar eclipse, I definitely saw moon shadows! I immediately had to take photos! The moon shadows (or maybe they are reflections of light?) were floating on our garage.
Wow, it was amazing! They were all over our property. It was pretty cool.
Recently I was thinking about the floating moons and decided to paint another peace tree painting with them.
I have to admit I love the title. “One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons” sounds like a lyrical poem when I say it which makes me happy. Just like my paintings.
Sometimes I visualize a story behind my painting and write a few words to illustrate it as if my image were in a storybook.
This is what came to me for this painting titled “Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars.”
“If you look up during the day you can watch the sun. It moves over the forest and fields. At night, branches cover overhead like a blanket of thorny thicket. I make my way through the forest by following the stars as they peek through the branches. I look over yonder and see shooting stars fall like fireworks in the sky. I know life is a miracle and the forest holds magic.
There was one tree that was my favorite. It was an elder Tree. As ancient as the sky is wide.
It wore the tapestry of it’s knowledge, etched in patterns and colors to match the rainbow….”
Below are the finished whimsical “Peace Tree” paintings that I was working on in September before we left on our wedding journey to Bend. Inspired by the aspen trees at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon.
If you are interested in purchasing one or all, they are located at the Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery in Prescott.
To take part in the Art Giveaway, you’ll have to “Like” my page on Facebook and then head over to the Cherry Blossom Tattoo Photography blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of my small open edition bird prints from my Etsy Shop. On Thursday, Carrie will choose a winner and the winner will be able to choose which print they would like. Hope you will give it a try. And a big thank you to Carrie for sponsoring this giveaway!
I have three new acrylic paintings to share. They are painted on wood that is a half inch thick. The sides are painted black and a block of wood is glued to the back so when the painting hangs it sticks out from the wall by a bit. There is no need for framing, they are ready to hang.
Celebrating the Flow, 7″ x 9″, Acrylic on Wood, $245
Raven Spirit, 5.25″ x 5.25″, Acrylic on Wood, $150
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.”
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.
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.
I’ve been painting more whimsical tree paintings and wanted to share two of them.
This is the finished framed piece of I Dreamed of a Stack of Moons.
This is the finished framed piece of Moonlight Magic.