Thursday, 9 July 2015

a colourful tree painting - nature abstracted

Inventing Nature, One Tree at a Time
24" x 18"  acrylic on canvas 
For sale - contact me for price if interested.

I am presently at my cottage, on an island in the woods, in northern Ontario, surrounded by trees and trees and more trees.  It's wonderfully green and peaceful. Upon returning to this place I found a painting that I started either last summer or the previous one, but had found difficult to resolve at the time. 

The inspiration for it had been the plane or platane tree, and it's camouflage-like patterning of the bark - which became a feature in two paintings I did in 2013, which I felt were very successful and I was pleased with.

I think it was the bark however that had stalled me in this third, vertical canvas. Several days ago I began to really look at the trees around me for some further inspiration, and decided to paint out the camouflage patterning, drew into the body of the tree, and then just kept going with lines and colour, re-inventing nature. 
I am really pleased that I did not abandon this one, and finally found a creative solution, and I really like the result. 


  1. It's really beautiful, I love these tree paintings Pat. Colour and movement and reflection, really lovely.
    I hope you're having a wonderful time up north! xo

    1. Hi Dani, Thank you for your comments!!!! It was a relief when I finally figured out what to do with it after all that time. Life 'up north' is fine: a little cool, lots of bugs, but very peaceful. cheers!

  2. Problem solving is one of the best ways to get creative juices flowing. This is just so unique, so beautiful! And your cottage setting sounds perfect. Hope to hear more about it.

    1. Thanks, Chris. Painting is (now) going well, but I have to get outside more....