Archive for February, 2011

Catalpa Tree, Jericho Park 14" x 18"

This is a painting of my favourite tree. It is on my jogging route in Jericho Park and I run by it three times a week. (Okay, sometimes only twice a week). It is lumpy, twisted, lop-sided and beautiful. I’ve loved this tree for a long time, but have to admit that I didn’t know what kind it was. As I was painting this tree, I knew that I really must find out what it was, so enlisted the expertise of Dawn at the Jericho Stewardship Group. After some investigating, she informed me that it is called a Catalpa Tree.

This painting shows the landscape and tree in the winter. I realize how lucky I am to live in a climate with such a bright green winter. Even so, I think I would like to try this again in the summer, when the Catalpa has its leaves and the park looks a bit warmer. In summer, as you might imagine, the long, lower branch is often full of children who find it easy to climb. Another reason this tree is so well-loved.

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Carrots & Zucchini 9" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is small, but it seemed to take forever to finish. Lately I’ve had having trouble finding more than one continuous hour of  painting time. Today I finally did and finished it fairly quickly. I always find it to be curious that I can’t predict what will be the most difficult part of a painting. I thought I’d breeze through the carrots and struggle with the zucchini, but I found the carrots to be the most challenging.

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