Trees

A constant subject

Recently, I read a post on artist Judy Paul’s blog talking about trees as a subject matter, and got inspired to go down memory lane and visit the influence and presence of trees in my own work. My first exhibit was called Trees (I mean how creative can you get?) featuring.(amongst other pieces) a set of three intaglio prints, named Inaudible.. See more in portfolio

Inaudible IV

I made a few more of these, reminiscent of Fall on the University of Washington campus and my walk to class in the morning. The tree steak ended with an Ode to one of my favorite songs, The Trees by Canadian Band Rush, Here it is:

  An Ode,  Intaglio, Aquatint, Collage.

An Ode, Intaglio, Aquatint, Collage.

Influences

Mondrian, of course, tops my list! Art historian Yve-Alain Bois, in his essay, “The Iconoclast,” suggests that Mondrian embraced a tenet of postimpressionism as articulated by “Maurice Denis: all forms of illusion in painting. just be resisted, and the domain of art and nature must not be confused (55). Further in his essay, citing Mondrian’s philosophical evolution, Bois points us to the artist’s thoughts in “De Nieuwe Beelding:”

Being is manifested or known only by its opposite. This implies that the visible, the natural concrete, is not known through visible nature, but through its opposite. For modern consciousness, this means that visible reality can be expressed only by abstract-real plastic". (Bois, 55)

Thats a lot to think about, I know, but also feel like it boils down to what Edel Atman says, “all art is abstract.” Listen to her wonderful talks here and here.

Back to my own journey with trees, I had to attempt Mondrian’s gorgeous Red Tree and once I started painting with acrylics, I made this:

 Yes, I do not have black (and can’t compare to the painting above)! I am not there yet—It’s a strong statement, don’t you know!   Channeling Cèzanne below, and the Fauves.

Yes, I do not have black (and can’t compare to the painting above)! I am not there yet—It’s a strong statement, don’t you know!

Channeling Cèzanne below, and the Fauves.

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Chartreuse

20”X16”

Acrylic on Canvas

  Evening Walk    36”X24”    Acrylic on Canvas

Evening Walk

36”X24”

Acrylic on Canvas

 This is a work in progress!   Available Light   18”X24”  Acrylic on board

This is a work in progress!

Available Light

18”X24”

Acrylic on board