Art and Positive Thinking

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My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Trees are Positively Delightful

Aspen trees are positively delightful to paint.  I began this painting in a recent art class and it has been sitting on my easel for weeks as I decided if it was finished or not.  I decided it wasn't and added more white to the trees and more "eyes".  I also added the white trunks in the background and a few yellowy white leaves in the foreground.  We used modeling paste to create the texture of the trees and then added a grey "rub".  It was very fun to try to make the trees come alive with light and dark areas.

My favourite aspen trees are trembling aspen trees.  The leaves tremble in the wind, this way and that,  like little hands waving.  I also enjoy looking for faces in nature, and aspen trees never disappoint me!

The cheerful colours in this piece compliment the other tree painting I posted not too long ago.

Pretty soon I will have a forest in my house.

Here is a photograph that I took in San Francisco this summer at the Golden Gate Park.  This lovely twisting and intertwining tree was hidden along a path.  Luckily, I was walking at a snail's pace behind my family, or I might have missed it!

Aren't trees positively delightful?

I will be linking this to Paint Party Friday.


  1. Beautiful trees. Happy PPF and a Happy New Year, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wonderful tree pieces. Hope its a happy new year!

  3. Love your aspen trees.
    Happy New Year

  4. Gorgeous art. Happy new year and PPF. Good luck with painting those canvases!

  5. Your trees are extraordinary. I have a soft spot for birches and oaks. lol Your artwork fills my eyes--which is the greatest compliment I can give. And also that photo of the tree. Trees are part people--I see you know this. Happy New Year, my talented Friend!

  6. I absolutely agree with you Renee, I adore trees.
    They were one of the things I missed most when we lived in the Middle East... palm trees and false trees don't come anywhere near the real thing.
    I adore your paintings... a true tribute to the tree and that last photo is incredible. I think nature likes us to take our time and appreciate it's work... it always rewards anyone taking time to really look.
    Happy New Year and I wish you all the best for 2016.

  7. Your trees are amazing ... love them. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog. All the very best for a wonderful 2016. hugs, Donna

  8. I love trees and yours are beautiful.
    I have a meme about trees, NF Trees n Bushes. If you wish you can link them up on Tuesday at:

  9. fabulous dancing trees happy creative 2016

  10. And a beautiful forest it is! I really love your tree-paintings. And that picture of the intertwining tree .... just perfect! I see some dancing figures in there. I agree: trees are delightful :-)

  11. oops, I was too fast with publishing, and forgot to wish you a happy and healthy 2016, full of positivity and creativity!

  12. Wonderful painting! Happy New Year and PPF!! :)

  13. Wonderful painting! Happy New Year and PPF!! :)

  14. Beautiful trees and yes, positively delightful! Both the paintings and photo. Happy 2016!

  15. Your artwork is WONDERFUL!
    Happy New Year! Happy PPF!

  16. I love your trees and the colors on and around them. Beautiful artwork!

  17. I love trees too and these are truly gorgeous...thanks for sharing the photos too!! Terrific work! Happy New Year!

    Hugs Giggles

  18. your trees are gorgeous, well done!
    i love quaking aspens also. I have a group on my lawn and i adore all their stages.

    wishing you a lovely new year!
    oh, and that photo is marvelous!

  19. Love the photo of the gnarled tree. I am just getting into photography myself with a Nikon D200. Having a great time. The autumn tree painting is lovely. Glad to find you through PPF--I am new around the blog world and glad to make art friends. Happy to say I am a new follower. Dea xo


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