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Elizabeth Reed Smith

March 11, 2015

Tapestry

Tapestry

Elizabeth Reed Smith

14″ x 11″

“The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.”

George Orwell

Donna Leavitt

March 11, 2015

Verulam - ©Donna Leavitt

Verulam

Donna Leavitt

graphite

60″  x 45″

While serving in the Peace Corps (2006 to 2008) I wanted to continue making art by drawing the wonderful trees I was photographing. In order to be able to bring my work home with me at the end of service I had to devise a way to make large drawings portable! Thus the multiple sheets of paper which could be easily disassembled and packed up.

I like the presence that the large drawings bring to the viewer, the close-up view, causing the eye to examine texture and form and to feel an intimacy with the subject.  I continue working in this format with trees seen here and in different parts of the world.

Cheryl A. Richey

March 11, 2015

 Pyrophyte 2

“Pyrophyte 2”

Cheryl A. Richey

Burned canvas, acrylic, collage on panel

36″ x 24″

In nature, pyrophytes are plants, including trees (e.g., some species of pine, oak, eucalypts, and giant sequoias) that have adapted to tolerate fire, and in some species, fire aids them in competing with less fire-resistant plants for space and nutrients. For some trees, fire can facilitate their cycle of reproduction. I like the symbolism of resilience (perseverance and survival) in the presence of fire.

Each painting in my Pyrophyte series begins with quickly rendered marks on raw canvas, which are then ignited with fire to produce scorched and burned-through spaces. After sealing the burned cloth and laminating it to a primed panel, I paint with acrylic and add collage elements to achieve the final composition.

The Peace of Wild Things

August 29, 2013

The Peace of Wild Things

         Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

Elephants_Tree_web

“Elephants Tree” by Jacqui Beck, Acrylic, 11″x17″

Elizabeth Smith’s painting, “Ancient Light”

October 4, 2012

Elizabeth Smith

‘Ancient Light’

pen ink and metal leaf on layered paper.

22” x 30″

“The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.”

George Orwell

Jacqui Beck’s painting, “Mother Tree”

August 11, 2011

Mother Tree acrylic & mixed media 30"x24"

This painting is about how trees are the mothers of us all, how they stand rooted in the earth and support us if we lean on them with care.

“The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber.  The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Donna Leavitt’s painting, “The Guardian”

July 19, 2011

The Guardian
Donna Leavitt
graphite
46″h x 63″w

“Trees have been imprinted upon my psyche. . . I am enthralled.”
DL

While serving in the Peace Corps (2006 to 2008) I wanted to continue making art by drawing the wonderful trees I was photographing.
In order to be able to bring my work home with me at the end of service I had to devise a way to make large drawings portable! Thus the multiple sheets of paper which could be easily disassembled and packed up.

The Guardian is the first of the drawings done while in Struga, Macedonia, and it is of a poplar tree that resides on the north shore of one of the world’s oldest lakes, Ochrid. I like the presence that the large drawings bring to the viewer, the close-up view, causing the eye to examine texture and form and to feel an intimacy with the subject.  I continue working in this format with trees seen here and in different parts of the world.

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