I was in a tree mood…

…back in March.

These are all 6″ x 6″, acrylics, on board.


10 thoughts on “I was in a tree mood…

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, when I made these the leaves had not come out, and so I was really thinking about the tree shapes revealed in the bare branches. Now that time of year is coming around again. I am sure there will be more trees. I notice myself putting them in pictures more and more. I think they are as individual as people (sort of how I see houses, too) and so I like to give them portraits, rather than being landscape elements, maybe.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    I love your chunky trees. They always make me think of people, like stories linked to cacti and Joshua trees. My favourite is the one with the yellow winding river because in my head I saw it as the yellow brick road passing through the forest in Oz.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I also thought of the Oz road – that movie being my alltime favorite. And I am thinking that trees are becoming another version of people for me, along with houses. Representing society, crowds, solitary life, emotions, just as well as a person’s picture could.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    I did them in March, I think, yes, that’s it, when I can see the forms of trees without all the leaves. I love bare trees, I like how it exposes their quirks or misshapings or bent trunks and so on. I can see how they might look lonely as I look at these paintings in light of what you said, because they have been singled out. Interesting, I had not thought of things that way.

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes. I am a strong believer in the idea of everything having feelings (I say this only partly to make fun of myself because deep down, I really do think it, but you know how that might go over if I go around talking about it, so I paint it?) We had a tree cut down yesterday, a large oak. Dying slowly of a disease and it probably had years left it in, but large dead branches continued to appear , were a hazard and needed to be taken off each year for several years – so we decided it must go. But we spent some time talking about if the tree would rather fade away slowly or take a quick death and we felt very bad, either way, that it was happening. So you see what’s going on here – more tree paintings, I think…

  6. agnesashe

    Yes, I think portrait is most definitely applicable. Trees are all different. I am a planter of trees rather than a feller of trees – but I do have some winter pruning to attend to this year!!

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