Trees in the Mist

Trees in the Mist

In Praise of Trees

Mossy Oak, Henry Coe State Park, CA - watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
Trees are fantastic subjects for an artist because they are easy to find (in most places), they are very patient (will hold still for days), and are so very diverse in their personalities. Yes, personalities!! Surely you have met a craggy old tree and imagined some kind of soul in there?
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - watercolor 8 x 10 inches
My first attraction to painting trees was a practical matter: during the fall and winter in the Northeastern U.S. there was little in nature that drew my eye besides snow and the bare skeletons of deciduous trees or statuesque evergreens. (And painting snow became boring in a hurry.)
Lingering leaves - watercolor, 6 x 9 inches
That's when I began to really appreciate what remarkable "creatures" they are. Colors, shapes, textures, angles... there is endless variety.

Berkeley Tree on a damp day in Berkeley, CA - watercolor, 8 x 12 inches

Of course, the fall colors of some trees are artworks already!

Western Shore of the Hudson River in fall, Kingston, NY - plein aire watercolor, 6 x 9 inches

Are there trees in your neighborhood, waiting to be discovered? Maybe they will show up in your artwork, too -- whether that be drawings, or paintings, or music, or poetry, or whatever creative expression you enjoy.  If they do, share them with us!
Countryside vista near Rhinebeck, NY - plein aire watercolor, 6 x 9 inches