Friday, February 25, 2011

A Tree to Hug

This is what a real Rowan tree looks like.  They grow mostly in Europe.  The hard pale wood 
was used during the middle ages for making bows, walking staffs and tool handles.   It was also sometimes used to craft serving bowls and dishes.  Quite practical . . .but humble uses for such a wisend wonderful old tree in my opinion.  So, below is my attempt to give the Rowan tree the honor it is due.
Rowan Trees
By Cheryl White
Acrylic on Canvas
30” x 40"

I  love this painting.  It makes me want to take off my shoes and feel the cool grass between my toes... and after that, I would lay down for a nap under the big tree in the middle.  To me, this painting contrasts youth and old age.  The grass looks supple and soft, blowing in the breeze...  it makes me want to run and  play in it.  In contrast, the gnarled bent tree trunks are stiffened and hard, but strong after years of supporting the heavy berry laden branches.  If I ever had the chance to meet this tree, I would give it a good strong hug.