Tree Paintings – Contemporary landscape paintings with the tree as their main subject.
Tree paintings are almost portraits within a landscape and each has its own distinct personality and identity.
Trees are an integral part of our psyche, inspiring at the same time reverence, fear, security and adoration. We’ve made them such an essential part of everyday life, for as long as we’ve been human, and they’ve entered our minds as metaphors for all aspects of our existence, as well as filling all niches of our environment.
….”I come here when it’s good to be amongst trees. No-one ever bothers you here and you’re far more likely to meet deer than people.”
Tree painting – Trees at the Roman Road
I find myself painting trees in the same way I that might paint great and famous people…as full length portraits, standing within their estates. It’s easy to forget, and imagine when we’re present in a landscape that we’re the most important living thing within it, and that our presence has a great significance……until we stand next to a tree.
Tree Paintings – Old Oak Tree at Normans Law
Oil painting of the moon and a single tree on Pirntaton Hill in the Scottish Borders above my cottage when I lived in the Scottish Borders.
The trunk of this tree was worn smooth from cattle rubbing against it over the years.
Tree Paintings – Landscape painting commission – The Wishing Tree
“Trees occupy the physical world, but in addition, occupy a special psychological place in human consciousness.”
Kim D. Coder – Trees and Humankind: Cultural and Psychological Bindings
Oil painting – Waterfalls at Killin
“Save A Tree” quickly became a flagship mantra for the environmental movement – they’ve been assisting us since we began to walk upright and so now with their air enriching ability, we look to them to save us and the entire planet from our own excesses.
Tree Painting – Hallyburton Hill
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
John Muir 1838 – 1914
Tree Paintings – As Sunshine Flows into Trees
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. William Blake
Tree paintings – Birch Trees
A “long” painting of trees in the Den of Aylth which surround the stream. The Den of Aylth has been covered by trees throughout its history.
Trees in the Den of Aylth
“Save A Tree” almost became a flagship mantra for environmentalists. Trees have been assisting us since we began to walk upright and now, with their ability to enrich air, we look to them to save us from our own excesses.
Outdoor oil painting – Pines
Outdoor tree painting of a low evening sun lighting up a stubble field and beeches
Stubble Field Near Logie
Painting trees needs an outdoor input. A camera on its own can rarely record enough information to make a convincing painting of the subject. Viewing photos of the woods after actually being in them, I always think how different and how much “smaller” the photo is from the actual experience, seemingly more so than with other outdoor subjects.
Tree paintings – The Edge of the Woods
….and the deer really were there too.
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