Trees in my artwork

One of my favourite things to draw and paint is trees. Trees are such an interesting subject – just the sheer variety of trees and the different leaves, bark and shapes the branches make can give inspiration for ages.

If you add whimsy to that – spirals, colours not associated with trees, hearts, etc. really helps give the trees personality.

In these drawings I added elements of whimsy as well as exaggerated some of the features of the trees.

With this tree drawing I wanted to accentuate the roots of the oak going into the ground, thus stabilizing it.  Its branches reach up to the sky creating a heart shape in the middle of the tree. I made the trunk, roots and branches more important than the leaves. I wanted to show the mighty centre of the oak.

Heart of Oak

This tree is full of vitality as it is the height of summer. Spirals represent leaves on the trees and everything is bright and colourful.

Spiral Spirit Tree

In this drawing I combined two of my favourite themes – hearts and trees. The dark inner wood of the tree that is resistant to decay is called “heartwood” by the way. I think of trees as old wise plants that do a lot for humanity.

Heart Tree 04

Some benefits tree provide:

  • Give us shade
  • They give us food in fruit and nuts
  • Filter noise from roads and cities
  • They are natural air filters trapping carbon monoxide and dust
  • They shelter us
  • The provide us with products like paper and without paper I couldn’t create much of my artwork
  • They are a home to wildlife

These are just some of the reasons why I honour trees in my artwork.  Trees are one of those subjects I cannot get enough of.

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  8. Christine says:

    So often trees are depicted from a face-on view, so I enjoy the perspective of “Heart of the Oak.” It gives me a feeling of the largeness of the Oak itself. 🙂

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