Thursday, May 20, 2010

World Tree


It was a glorious fall day. The sun was shining, crisp and clear. The colours were at their height, magnified in the sunshine. The sky was impossibly beautifully blue; only gets that clear and intense in the fall when it's magnified with all the ambient orange foliage. It was after lunch and I was walking in the park with my camera just soaking in all the colour. On a forest path... just me, the trees, sky, birds and sunshine. Life has some very sweet moments.

I noticed off to the side of the path some of the most intense orange and yellows I had ever seen and had to stop to explore. The creator of that colour was a large old oak tree. I spent a long time looking at that tree. Being quiet and listening in nature, opens the heart.

This painting is my attempt to share this experience. I wanted to make a portrait of a tree... but more than that - I was trying to give a feeling of the universal tree - the lungs of the earth - supporting all life...

Funny thing about the painting process. Sometimes things just show up. I was not initially trying to put a figure in the tree - she just showed up somehow...


'World Tree'

She stands
Arms outstretched
Connection between
Heaven and Earth.
Rooted in the seasons
Reaching through time
Watching the cycles flow
Holding love, light, life...
She stands


Title: World Tree
Size: 20" x 36"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Gallery wrapped canvas, no frame necessary.

I use Artist Quality acrylic paints to create my paintings and my paintings are varnished with Gloss Polymer Varnish with UVLS.

Please note, the copyright watermark does not appear on the original. Also, the rights to reproduce this image remains with the artist.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Flamingos in the River

Flamingos fascinate me so much, I can watch them for hours at the Toronto Zoo. It's not only their shape and movement, but that in itself is really something. I mean really...


Big pink eggs on stilts...
Terodactyl heads
On end of garden hose.
Yellow eyes watching...
Noisy commotion momentarily;
Flamingos in the River...

Not even the most off the wall afternoon TV reality show can hold a candle to the sheer drama of a flock of flamingos. These birds can EMOTE! Not only that, they do it in chorus. If you spend some time watching a flock of flamingos, you will notice that... the flock is an entity - these birds are so much part of each other - they move, sleep, eat, and fight like one.

This painting was created using a photograph I took at the Toronto Zoo. It was a quite time in the flock - most were sleeping only one bird who was looking for food in the water, took a moment to look up and make sure the silly woman with the camera was staying in her place.


Title: Flamingos in the River
Size: 18" x 27"
Medium: Acrylic on Maisonite