Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Follow Me Down

Day 13 of the 30-30 challenge is "Follow Me Down" one of the tree/roots mixed medium pieces. I have been taking pictures of trees, leaves and roots for, well, lots of years. I have a very large collection of them. I try to keep track of what part of the country, world, the trees can be found. Sometimes what starts as one tree changes and becomes another. This is true of this image.

Follow Me Down, started in AZ as a small 5X7 piece, a tree truck with some roots. It felt like it needed to be bigger. I had a 11X14 piece of coffee stained watercolor paper. I adhered the small piece to the larger paper. Pulled out more photo references. This time the tree had one reference, The Almighty Colbert Oak. This tree is part of Stadium Woods, 11.5 acres of old-growth urban forest. Providing a balanced ecosystem structure that is thought rare for urban forests. Cooper's Hawks return each year during migration. The forest provides protection for many birds and wildlife. Many of the trees are over 300 years old. It is indeed rare to find this place in nature rooted on the campus of Virginia Tech.

This piece along with "Fire Water" and others will be on exhibit at The Matrix Gallery in October. Opening Artist Reception First Friday Art Walk October 7th 5:00 - 7:00. Later in the month Friday October 21st from 3:00 - 6:00 there will be a after the Thursday night game reception. Weather permitting I may be outside doing a little street painting...not sure if that will be literal on the street or just plein air with my easel. You may just need to come by to see! Until then here is "Follow Me Down".

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