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Mony G
04-01-2007, 02:33 PM

Is it mine this time? I'm glad to know you like my idea of studying trees this month... so here am I introducing this subject which will certainly give us a lot of work to do!!
Showing you my favourite ones:


I love Leonardo's almost geometrical row of trees in this painting !
"L'Annunciazione " From Florence to Tokyo these days!


04-01-2007, 02:51 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2007/65063-cypress_trees.jpg :D :clap: excellent idea mony!!! im sure will see lots of interesting paintings and pictures with this challenge!!! thats a beautiful painting to start us with too....this picture i took down here on one of the many trails we have in the area...lot of cypress trees down here besides the different palm trees, pine, oak that are in this area....tyree:thumbsup:

04-01-2007, 04:41 PM
Funny I was just reading a WC article on trees before I came into this forum, it might be a help to some, here's the link..
I found it quite interesting, hope it helps with the challenge.
Roy ; )

04-01-2007, 07:15 PM
Awesome Mony!

I've listed an announcement on the WC homepage for challenge 4 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412318)!

Thanks so much for being our hostess this month!

"L'Annunciazione is great! Would you like us to do a quick sketch
of these trees to warm up? I'd love to! :thumbsup:

Hi Susan, awesome photograph of trees too!

I'd like to walk down that path someday!

Roy thanks for the link to the workshop on Trees!
Isn't that a great program!!

I hope you will join in here!

See you tomorrow Nickel

04-02-2007, 02:28 AM
Hi everyone,

What exactly is the challenge? Just pick a tree and draw it?

Is this project meant to overlap with the Drawing 102 tree lecture?


04-02-2007, 03:09 AM
Yes, are you aware that there is a drawing class in the drawing section on trees too! ARe we supposed to send in our work or draw these trees?

04-02-2007, 10:57 AM
HiHo Mony and gang - oh boy trees!!!!

Roy thanks for the link in basic 102. I am ever so slowly working thru basic 101 still on essential but painful :evil: perspective.

I with Nickel - a quick sketch of those trees would be fun.

Greetings Miller and BlackS - pretty laid back in here - you can copy a master or do something in a classical style you like up thru impressionism.
Looking forward to seeing you around. :cat:

04-02-2007, 11:17 AM
Hi Everyone! Good morning! Yes, we are laid back here. This is our tree challenge here. It will be here until the end of April then we will pick something else and we will work together in our way that we learn together.
There are no instructors here, we are friends. So do we stumble,lol, yes,
but if we fall, we help each other up and try not to stumble around anymore or less anyways.
Plus we do learn together and have fun. There is no pressure here.

Diane Wright's class is a wonderful class, please particpate
with her. Show her your support! It is very nice what she is doing for WetCanvas members.
We hope you'll join us here this month too!

Our fundamentals in this forum are based on:
realistic-based drawings, design concepts, value, form, color and composition.
Any media is welcomed. So if you are a watercolor user or chalk user you are welcome to participate.

Sincerely Nickel

04-02-2007, 02:08 PM
hi everyone!!! This is a great challenge this month...anyone wanting to use my photo to draw or paint are welcome to...I myself may try to find a painting from one of the 17th or 18th century with landscape and trees..as i am doing so much detail work from Diane Wrights class.. probably will work on it in graphite....I hope to see lots of interesting barks, limbs, leaves, roots..and photos this month..!!! tyree:wave:

04-02-2007, 02:29 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/65063-my_branch.jpg how do you like this one??? look at the great curves!!!! tyree:wave:

04-02-2007, 09:52 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/65063-gainsborough.jpg Thomas Gainsborough...'Conversation in the Park'... 1746.....We have foilage and folds in this one:p tyree:wave:

04-03-2007, 09:37 AM
I stumbled upon Ivan Shishkin while doing a web search for a landscape with trees. Wow!! I am attaching a couple of his works, one of which I tried reproducing with very mixed results. It has joined my numerous other WIP pieces!! :rolleyes: maybe i can finish it and post it here
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Apr-2007/59858-shishkin041.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Apr-2007/59858-shishkin42.jpg

04-03-2007, 09:40 AM
Great photos Tyree, do send along some of the classical works you find.

04-03-2007, 09:41 AM
Wow, Shells those are awesome, I initally mistook the first for a photo

04-03-2007, 10:21 AM
So did I and very foolishly tried to reproduce!!:eek: Here is a print of another one. Shishkin certainly loved trees!

04-03-2007, 06:19 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Apr-2007/65063-homosassa_river_original.jpg 'homosassa river'...by winslow homer..1904...tyree:wave:

04-03-2007, 07:56 PM
Hi Susan, awesome trees! I really like your photographs! :thumbsup:
I may try and do some studies from them, thanks for letting us use them.

Did you paint this Homer?
It's terrfic!!!! Really!

Hi Shells, awesome pictures from you too!
Ivan Shishkin has a Hudson River feel to his work!
His trees are great!

Hi Azulparsnip :wave:

Do you guys and gals notice in the compositions that some times
the trees are confind in the picture and other times they
grow pass the top of the canvas?

Look at the first one Mony has by da Vinci, trees tops are kept
in line within the composition and the Gainsborough Susan posted, the trees tops show. Now compare them with Shishkin. His trees grow up and out of the canvas. It's interesting.

I spent sometime today sketching dogwood trees in my backyard.
I think I'll paint one or more for this challenge.

04-03-2007, 08:15 PM
How many people know I'm in North Carolina?

Ok well here, our State Flower is a tree!!!!


The wood of the Dogwood was used to treat dogs with mange.

Also, in the 1800's, ninty percent of the Dogwood's in this area were used to make weaving shuttles for the textile factorys. (most of these factorys are now out of business)

The petals of the dogwood are actually leaves, called bracts, which surround a cluster of about twenty tiny yellow flowers. As the flowers open, the showy white, pink, or red bracts expand and attract insects for pollination.


As legend has it, the cross on which Jesus was crucified was made from a dogwood tree. God decreed that the dogwood tree would from that day forth never grow large enough to be used to make a cross. Thus, the dogwood tree is a small, under story tree. The flower of the dogwood has four petals which makes the shape of a cross. The center of the flower resembles the crown of thorns with bright red, clustered fruit in the center representing the blood of Christ. The dogwood blooms in April when Easter Sunday marks the resurrection of Christ after the Crucifixion.

Dogwood trees fall colors start here around September. Their colorful leaves are believed to help migrating birds spot the treeís red berries, which give them energy for the trip south.

American Indians used dogwood trees to make arrows, daggers, and toothbrushes. They also planted corn when the trees bloomed.

When supply lines to the South were cut during the Civil War and quinine was no longer available for treating malaria, an extract from dogwood bark was used as a substitute.

The roots of the dogwood can be used to make a scarlet dye.

The dense, hard wood of the dogwood tree has a high resistance to shock. This makes it an ideal choice for the heads of golf clubs and the handles of chisels.


An American Indian legend tells of a beautiful Cherokee princess who was slain by the jealous brave whose suit she had refused. As the maiden lay dying, she picked up a dogwood blossom and used it to soak up her blood. This is why there are stains on the tips of each petal. The red dogwood, called the Cherokee, bears its color in memory of the girl.

Also have varities of Dogwoods named Cherokee Princess, Cherokee Chief.

Since the late 1970s, a devastating disease called dogwood anthracnose has been infecting dogwoods in North America. This fungal disease can kill a tree in as little as two to three years!

A North Carolina law protects wild dogwood trees from damage or removal.

Jerry Bridgers
04-03-2007, 08:47 PM

This is my "moon light View" of a tree. Does this suit?
Moon Paht: Acrylic on 16x20 Birch Panel

I do almost all landscapes as my hobby...lots of trees.

thank you

Jerry Bridgers

04-03-2007, 09:58 PM
jerry..welcome...that is gorgeous...terrific moonlight..and a grande tree!!! ...lovely composition...good work....tyree:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-03-2007, 11:58 PM
Hi Jerry!

This is a beautiful night sky and lovely focal tree!

Your tree grows off the canvas too! :)

Mony G
04-04-2007, 03:51 AM
Hi to you all! excuse me... I've invited you to a challenge and then I disappeared for a few days ....I couldn't use my computer and when I came back... I could see all these beautiful hints and examples and an awesome night landscape by Jerry!

I just wanted to post in some trees in great paintings of the past :

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)


the cypressus in "Starry Night"...

Mony G
04-04-2007, 04:02 AM
...his Olive trees (Vincent Van Gogh-1853-1890)



another example could be "La Libecciata " by Giovanni Fattori , a master of the "Macchiaoli" (1883)


Mony G
04-04-2007, 04:07 AM
and... last for now... something back from the 16th century :
Allegory of Chastity by Lorenzo Lotto -1506 .


in this painting the dead part of the tree represents vice , while the green part represents virtue.

..I'll be back as soon as I can ... and have a great time !


04-04-2007, 09:52 AM
Love your reference pic tyree, lots of possibilities. Here is a quickee of a California Oak. pastel - 5x7


04-04-2007, 09:58 AM
Hello all, I am a newbie but I love your second shishkin so much and it is so different to Australian trees that I want to do it. The light is absolutely wonderful
here is something a little different but it's still a tree
It's been in my archives for a while waiting for me to do

04-04-2007, 10:01 AM
Mony - - initially chastity looked rather like a drag ------- so thanks for the explaination :thumbsup:

Yes, Nickel - I too live in NC - I am a transplant from California. I love it here. And the dogwoods are beautiful - the blossoms kinda floating betwix the naked trees - Pity all the stories about them are so depressing.
That is an interesting point about trees running off the paper. :lol:

Wow, Tyree - That Homer is sooooo awesome. I'm gonna try and copy that in the next day or two.

Nice moonlite tree, Jerry.

04-04-2007, 10:02 AM
here is one of my trees
pastel on paper, 8x5

04-04-2007, 10:16 AM
Casper David Frederick - trees were his favorite subject I believe.

04-04-2007, 10:22 AM
Here are a few oil paintings by an Australian artist - Frederick McCubbin, painted around 1900. He has a print in nearly every Aussie home and is an icon here
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2007/104840-mccubbin0.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2007/104840-mccubbin1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2007/104840-mccubbin3.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Apr-2007/104840-mccubbin8.jpg
He and a few other painters formed a group called the Heidelberg School, who specialised in impressionism and they captured the Australian bush for posterity. He was my idol as I was growing up. I hope you can see why

04-04-2007, 10:22 AM
Another one of my pics - Sentinel Dome Yosemite... knarly one

04-04-2007, 10:26 AM
Vici thank for sharing this wonderful Artist.... I like:clap:
I also like your tree painting NICE Values...

Trees are wonderful aren't they!!

04-04-2007, 12:09 PM
nice one Pushy -

noticing how intergral to the tree the shadow is in alot of these.

04-04-2007, 09:46 PM
Hi Mony, sorry to hear about your about your computer!
I'm glad you are back!
I adore the example "La Libecciata " by Giovanni Fattori.
It has energy and an excitement donít your think?

Hi Barb, itís nice to see your California Oak!
It has an energy & excitement too!

Casper David Frederick now he rocks!
His detail doesnít show in pictures, but I think he really
Is a fantastic artists! I hadnít seen this tree by him~!

And your photo skills rock!
Just love the Sentinel Dome Yosemite...
The Knarly One !!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Vicki, itís great to have you join us!
Your photo of the tree in the forest, itís got a real natural appeal to it!
It will be wonderful in a painting.

Your pastel tree is awesome too!
I like the tree leaning in the center
Over the water.

Itís really nice to learn about your Australian artist - Frederick McCubbin.
He and the Heidelberg School are new to me.
I would love to learn more about him and the others in the group.

Hi Azulparsnip !
Coming from California to NC well what can I say?
Enjoy the Dogwoods!

04-04-2007, 09:55 PM
The NC State Tree is the Pine Tree

There are eight types indigenous to North Carolina:

the eastern white,
table mountain, and

The pine is the most common of the trees found in North Carolina,
as well as the most important one in the history of our State.

During the Colonial and early Statehood periods,
the pine was a vital part of the economy of North Carolina.

From it came many of the "naval stores" -

resin, turpentine, and timber -

needed by merchants and the navy for their ships.

The pine has continued to supply North Carolina
with many important wood products,
particularly in the building industry.

According to North Carolina Forests, 2002
(US Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service),
softwood species
(like pine, hemlock, and spruce)
made up 34% of the state's total wood volume,
with the loblolly pine being the predominant species.


Pine image from wikipedia

04-04-2007, 10:10 PM
Christmas Tree, Fraser Fir


The 1998 Capitol Christmas Tree
A 50-foot Fraser Fir from the
Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

In 2005 the Fraser Fir became the official

Christmas Tree
for the State of North Carolina

This law is the result of the hard work of

Eighth Grade students at Harris Middle School in Spruce Pine,

who researched the economic impact of
the Fraser Fir industry on the state, and
suggested this species as a new state symbol.

The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) derives its name from John Fraser,
a Scottish botanist who explored the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700's, and
was a collaborator and competitor with Andre Michaux .

Fraser firs, which are native to the Appalachian Mountains,
can reach a height of 80 feet and
may have trunks as large as 18 inches in diameter.

The Fraser Fir can take as long as 12 years to grow to
retail Christmas Tree height (6-7 feet), and
will be visited by the grower more than 100 times during its life.

The Fraser Fir has been chosen 9 times since 1971
(most recently in 2005) as

the White House Christmas Tree,

and constitutes more than 90% of Christmas tree production
in North Carolina.

More information

Fraser fir Quick Facts
(From the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

Common Forest Trees of North Carolina


04-04-2007, 10:16 PM
Hey guys! Some of you may remember me. :D

Beautiful artwork in here so far... Past and Present! :clap:

Funny i should stumble across this little project now that my computer is up and running again after my move. I have recently started a little art class and we are going to start messing around with watercolors this month and my example for them was a painting from 1898 by Mr. Homer:
"Palm Tree, Nassau"

I did a small value study of this painting in my little sketchbook:

I'll post in the finished work when I get it wrapped up.

Sorry about the difference in sizes. I'm still trying to figure out this scanner thing. :p

04-04-2007, 10:20 PM
A must have book for doing trees (my opinion)


Artistic Anatomy of Trees
by Rex Vicat Cole,

Dover Art Books

From the Publisher

Covers every aspect of trees and how to depict them:

balancing tree groups,
relationship of light and shade,
trees seen against the sky,
lines of the branches and much, much more.

515 illustrations. Bibliography. Indexes.

For the traditional/classical/realistic artist reasons to buy are:

48 Full plates:

magnificent landscape paintings and drawings by

Van der Neer,
and more showing

compositional use of trees,
their details in rendering, and
similar material

04-04-2007, 10:23 PM
Hi Keith, welcome back and we'd never forget you!

Your Homer is nice! I can't wait to see this painted!

It's good to hear your still teaching art! That rocks!

04-04-2007, 10:26 PM
I hope I didn't step on your train of thought there. Didn't notice you were there till after I had posted. Sorry about that. It is so good to be back!
Thanks for the welcome. :)

04-04-2007, 10:30 PM
Your cool Keith, no problem at all :)

I was happy to see your sketch and YOU! :D :wave:

04-05-2007, 12:30 AM
:wave: HI KEITH ..Welcome back!!!!...nickel...what great info youve posted..will read it all tomorrow and post some more cypress!!! Glad monys puter is working!!!! Wonderful stuff everyone is posting!!!! hi barb!!!!! good to see ya posting your beautiful photography!!! azul..are you packed yet:p tyree :wave:

04-05-2007, 12:34 AM
hi vicki...thanks for posting all those beautiful photos...stunning ....and thats a lovely pastel youve done...wonderful colour!!!! tyree:wave: :thumbsup:

04-05-2007, 09:53 AM
Going over this thread ---- i MISSED alot of the good stuff that was posted - I was probably in a hurry

Pushy - I love the light in the top of your quickee Calif. Oak - wow:thumbsup:

Vicki - that mossy downed tree looks like a tough subject, I'm looking forward to seeing it. F. McCubbin - he's new to me, am putting him on my idol list!! :heart:

Fish - you have a little art class - that is neat I'm looking forward to seeing that study finished ..

Nickel - we are one of Dover Publications supporting members!!!! :D I'll pop this one the next order

Tyree - my insides are doing the "Going to Hawaii" dance. The suitcases are open and airing out - We have never been outside of the contigious USA.

04-05-2007, 05:57 PM
here is another tree root, taken in Ontario CA
I have uploaded it into the library as well
does this count for roots and bark?:ohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Apr-2007/104250-roots.JPG

04-06-2007, 05:59 PM
I saw this challenge, and used it as an excuse to tackle an Emily Carr painting of a tree. I hope she is considered 'classical' enough - she was kind of contemporary with Van Gogh, so I figured it would be OK. Emily LOVED the trees of the Pacific Northwest. This is my copy of her image:



04-06-2007, 11:28 PM
Hey Susan! Very cool! I really like how few colors it appears that you've used. I'm not real familiar with Emily Carr, but after seeing this, I will definately look her up! Thanks for sharing!

04-06-2007, 11:37 PM
artastic...beautiful photo..great lines to it!!!! susan...this work is wonderful...great colour, design..wow!!!! tyree :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

04-07-2007, 03:54 AM
So I have to paint the log in the forest! :confused::eek: OMG
Here are a few other Australian artists that know how to paint trees
Hans Heysen
and John Longstaff

As you can see, out trees are a lot different to yours, and the leaf colours are very different. In all of these, the trees extend beyond the canvas, as you were pointing out earlier. I find that later art, say 1800 on, seem to have this more often than not, whereas C16 and C17 and earlier art seem to have the trees more confined to the canvas.
Even though I grew up with the colours of the Australian Landscape, I still love the colours and richness of your pine and deciduous forests and love your paintings of them too. I don't know them well enough to paint.

04-07-2007, 03:57 AM
P.S. thanks for your comments on my painting, also, Susan, I love your painting. It is very similar to a style used here by Sydney Nolan, who was very controversial in his time. I must look up Emily Carr.

Mony G
04-07-2007, 09:50 AM
[quote=Nickel]Hi Mony, sorry to hear about your about your computer!
I'm glad you are back!
I adore the example "La Libecciata " by Giovanni Fattori.
It has energy and an excitement donít your think?

Yes , I also love that painting ... it does have energy and excitement but it also reminds me of a holiday in Corsica where the trees were actually bent by the wind ...


this is a photograph taken there ... on the way to Sagone ... Western Corsican coast .

I read about Australian painters with some interest as I don't know anything about them!...I'd like to learn more ..

Have a Happy Easter ... all of you ... and don't eat too much chocolate !


Jerry Bridgers
04-08-2007, 12:24 PM
I like the soft texture to the work. Nice work!

Mony G
04-08-2007, 01:33 PM
Happy Easter to everybody !...

...Yesterday I finished my first personal entry for this challenge .... a soft pastel drawing inspired by an autumn promenade by Lake Orta .


... this is all for now

Mony :wave:

04-08-2007, 05:50 PM
hello I'm very new to 'WC' so this is the first project I'm going to try ,my 1st day here and I could use a little help! How do I participate in this "TREE CHALLENGE #4"??:confused:?? I feel very odd :o asking this but ....I am :confused: So could some one be kind enough to enlighten me as to what medium I may use ,and how would I post a sketch I have drawn personally ?If those are allowed? Thank you so much for the help with these ,what must seem very amusing questions.:D GOOD DAY, TishaYevette

04-08-2007, 07:49 PM
what medium I may use ,and how would I post a sketch I have drawn personally ? GOOD DAY, TishaYevette

Any media is welcomed,
for help to upload your sketch

click here

if you have a mac click here


:wave: Nickel

04-08-2007, 09:45 PM
mony...what a beautiful work...i love the fall colour and those reflections are wonderful...great job!!!! tyree :thumbsup:

04-09-2007, 12:32 PM
Just arrived, after a long time away from WC...and found this challenge... how cool! I am just starting this painting (yesterday, this morning..)...

The challenge says" as we stumble, someone may help"... well... any thoughts for me on this (candc welcome)... as I work on it http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b48/debimr/IMG_2445small.jpg

04-10-2007, 06:43 AM
Perhaps this will interest you folks.

04-10-2007, 11:15 AM
I am very partial to autumn colours mony, so I absolutely love your painting. I am away from home, caring for my mother at the moment, so I might be limited to coloured pencils for this, but I will post something before the end of the month. I don't know much about american painters except whistler lol, so if you tell about yours, I'll tell about mine.:wave:

Mony G
04-10-2007, 11:44 AM
Hi Vicki!
I'm glad to know you like my soft pastel drawing ....
I don't know much about American painters either!... I'm an Italian ... born in Canada!
please tell us about your painters... I could tell you something about Italian ones ... for example....Nickel learnt about "Macchiaoli " when I mentioned them!
Italian painting isn't only the Renaissance...
..even if you are away from home there is no problem, a colour pencil sketch can do as well!... I often do some colour pencil sketching when I am away from home !

I'm very glad about how this thread is coming out, nice entries, from the past and the present! Great work... everybody! :clap:

I'd stilll like to remind all you artist guys and girls that you have a month 's time to post in your efforts !

Have a great time ! :thumbsup:

Mony :cool:


04-10-2007, 05:36 PM
Hi everyone,

I just discovered this challenge today. I'm usually in the AMAE, Drawing and Sketching, and Acrylics forums. I've included two tree paintings that I've recently completed.

This is an Arbutus tree (aka Madrone). 18x24" acrylic on canvas
(More info about this type of tree here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrone)

This was a scorched tree in the Volcanos National Park on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. 18x24 acrylic on canvas

Hope this qualifies as an entry for the challenge? :)


04-10-2007, 06:47 PM
:wave: EP...WELCOME...glad you found the challenge.....and your tree paintings are wonderful...i love the sky in that second one too...great work...tyree :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04-10-2007, 09:58 PM
Hi Susan, glad you have enjoyed reading my tree postings.
Lol, I should just go on and admit

I am a tree lover.

lol, say it along with me :music: :D :evil:

Hi Azulparnsip, I know you are doing
your Hawaii Dance these next few days.
Can't wait to hear all about the trip.
Enjoy every moment.
I hope you’ll enjoy the Dover Book.

Hi Artastic, welcome and
what a nice big tree root you have!
Great to have you join us!
Hope you’ll post your drawing or painting of this root too!

Hi Susan G Shaw,
I’ve not met Emily Carr either.
Thanks for joining in with your tree for our challenge!
It has a little Dali feel too.
I’m with Keith, I like your colors.

Hi Vicki, you are funny!
Of course now you have to paint the tree in the forest!

I like the sky in the second painting with
the big hole in the tree top.
Do you guys have owls that roost in trees holes like this?

I’ve really enjoyed reading about your
Australian trees and meeting these
two additional artists
Hans Heysen and John Longstaff.

I’ve noticed too that most or at least most
paintings I’ve noticed of the tree scapes
in early paintings
are products of the artist’s imagination, memory, or
adaptation of another image they had seen.

Hi Mony, I love the landscape picture of your holiday
in Corsica.
That’s some wind to bend the trees like that.

I love your landscape
An Autumn Promenade by Lake Orta!
The composition is inviting. I admire the vertical.

The lake reflection is nice in addition to the
intense orange in your tee.
Lol, And I didn’t eat tooo much chocolate.

Hi TishaYevette, I hope the links
worked for you.
Don’t worry we have all been newbies.
Let us know if you need something else.
We want to see your sketch!!!

Hi Debimari, welcome back to WC.
I looked at your link. Your painting looks
like it is finished. I can't wait to see
what you will do to it next. I like the verticals.
It’d be great to see it bigger.
Thanks for joining us!

Hi Tom, thanks for
the link to the Shishkin tree step-by-step.
Are you going to do a tree and join us?

Hi Eyepaint! Your Arbutus tree
looks really tall!
Thanks for the link!

And your scorched tree from
the Volcanos National Park
on the "Big Island" of Hawaii
looks scorched. Never saw one of these
kind of trees before.
I like the colors you've used.

Thanks for joining us!

Mony I’ve started my tree painting.

:wave: Nickel

04-10-2007, 10:08 PM
Look at all the little bitty people at the bottom
of this tree :eek: :eek: :eek:


The Worldís Largest Tree is

Is a giant sequoia in
California's Sequoia National Park.

It is a conifer, named General Sherman in 1879 after
the Civil War general of the same name.

The General Sherman tree
measures 275 feet tall and 30 feet across at the base.

ďThe Sherman tree's extreme bulk,
more than ten times larger than a blue whale,

has long led people to believe that its age was also extreme.

The relative youth of the world's largest tree comes as something of a surprise."

"Each year it adds enough wood
to make a tree one foot in diameter and more than 100 feet tall."

Stephenson http://www.werc.usgs.gov/news/2000-12-06.html

04-11-2007, 06:20 AM
Hey Tyree

Your 1st picture of trees also serves as a good study of perspective.
Great picture!


04-11-2007, 06:37 AM
Hi Folks

A 'Flame of the Forest' tree painted by me in acrylics.


04-11-2007, 06:55 AM
Hey Fish

What an elegant beauty!

Thanks for this Homer picture.

04-11-2007, 02:55 PM
:wave: hi lashy...love your leaning fall coloured tree!!! i also like the road going to the hills...nicely done!!!! tyree :clap: :clap:

04-11-2007, 05:22 PM
Hi Susan and Nickel, thanks for the warm welcome here :)

That "World's Larget Tree" blows me away.


04-11-2007, 05:29 PM
Ok, be nice, this is my first post to any web ever. But, I really am excited about this challenge and look forward to learning from you all.


04-11-2007, 11:05 PM
:thumbsup: hi wolverillo!!! welcome...glad you found the challenge...thats a wonderful rendering...is this a copy of a classic..or a photo of yours??? i really like it...neat bird too!!!! tyree :clap: :clap:

Mony G
04-12-2007, 10:12 AM
Glad to see so many new members into my challenge! It must be having a lot of success! Thanks Nickel, for putting a nice link on the WC! homepage among the events ... it's easier for anybody to get here!

... By the way, Nickel and sisters of the Yahoo group... what on earth had happened to our journey there? I tried to post in a couple of messages today but I can't see them in the weekly activity... have you done something to cancel the incoming posts? .. we can still post in photos but no messages!

I'll have another new entry soon ...


...if you like.. visit my little art diary :


04-12-2007, 12:16 PM
Here is another little w/c from my sketch book studying the local trees. No it isn't a mistake on the palm. We have severe winds that constantly rip the fronds into stringers so be careful when you paint nature, the truth may not be according to your templates.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Apr-2007/34722-Black_Point_for_WC.JPG

04-12-2007, 02:58 PM
:wave: wolverillo...how well i know that about our trees...i live in sw. fla..!!! Your painting is exquisite!!! I love the palms and the mist in the palmetto jungle...bravo!!! tyree :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

04-13-2007, 01:47 AM
Hello all! Just getting started in oils, I thought I would try a couple trees near my work. This is only my 2nd oil painting, trying to get down some brush strokes and mixing colors while still catching light, and value. This one is done on a piece of canvas paper, a quarter of a 12x16 sheet I cut up to practice with. I used mostly a number 6 and a number 3 flat brush, and a number 3 round. The pix are taken one without flash and enhancement inside, and the other is taken outside in natural light. I am going to keep trying, there are a lot of different trees around my work! Thanks, Paul.



04-13-2007, 10:57 PM
This is a worthy subject! I have always loved trees. They are the theme for my kitchen decor. I intend to paint Joyce Kilmer's Tree poem on my wall one day. There is a tree next to the nursing home where I worked for 25 years and that tree always stood strong and unscathed by all the winds and weather and it reminded me of the old folks that lived in that home. It showed scars of broken limbs and bark that was chipped away, but it stood proud and strong against time. The spirit of the tree was vibrant even if it showed signs of aging. I painted that tree and donated it to a money raiser to benefit the activities of the residents there. Here is what it looked like.

04-13-2007, 11:56 PM
carolyn...are we missing your tree???? tyree

04-14-2007, 08:06 AM
Hi every body!
It's my first time in this forum and decided to take the challenge, cause I like the subject very much. Especially the detais of a tree.
Recently I was reading a book in www.virtualartacademy.com about the itness of trees and that was very interesting.
How does this challenge works?
Like all other projects?
Where we upload our finished works?

04-14-2007, 01:08 PM
Here's my version of the trees in this week's WDE ref photo of the Blue Ridge Mountains:


And here is a tree that would be, um, terrifying (for me) to tackle in paint or in graphite:



04-14-2007, 03:33 PM
Hi... I know, I was supposed to post in the March forum. WC! was down that Sunday morning, so I never got 'round to it. But here's one piece I would have posted, and as you can see, it works for this month as well (which is why I figured I'd just post it, and a similar work not ready yet, this month, instead):
This is just the 'quarter-sheet' (11"x15") color study, in which I developed a rough w/c pencil sketch from my sketchbook. As you can clearly see (or maybe not, in this reduction!), the figure was originally smaller and ran into the sky as it evolved. I think the face may be turned away in the final version, not sure. I'm still visualizing a related piece where the figure returns (from darkness) in spring; that's just a rough w/c pencil sketch at the moment.

Anyway, just dropping by, but hope to return before the end of the month. Will browse all the work as it starts to come in!

04-14-2007, 04:03 PM
Did that in the wrong order, so now I have to bump this thread... :wave:

04-14-2007, 10:46 PM
When you say any medium, does that include a digital illustration? I have started a bonsai tree but thought I had better check first. When and where do we post the image we create? I am a newbie in participating, I have been lurking awhile on the forum.

04-15-2007, 09:21 AM
carolyn...are we missing your tree???? tyree

I'm trying to put it in my message without much success! Maybe this time?http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/attach/bmp.gif

04-15-2007, 10:31 AM
well this is a loose rendition of a tree posted
will submit one more, later, but will do a tighter painting of a bristlecone tree
I have more difficulty painting loose that detailed
anyway here it is

I would love to try your willow tree in on a rainy day eyepaint, and I might if I have time before the end of the challenge

back to the bristlecone now

04-15-2007, 03:08 PM
I'm trying to put it in my message without much success! Maybe this time?http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/attach/bmp.gif
One more time and then I quit!! LOL! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2007/1530-PRM_treesm.jpg

04-15-2007, 07:05 PM
One more time and then I quit!! LOL!

WOW that is an awesome tree, glad you were able to post it
it looks great!!

04-16-2007, 05:20 AM
One more time and then I quit!! LOL! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2007/1530-PRM_treesm.jpg
Your tree is fantastic!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-16-2007, 04:17 PM
Hi all. This is a beautiful subject and I join with great pleasure.
This is a cypress sketch i did "en plein air" a few months ago... maybe i posted it already in some other thread, not sure :)


04-16-2007, 04:20 PM
Olive tree. Done in grey pastels, trying to work on tonal values. Unfortunately scanner killed part of it. En plein air sketch.

04-16-2007, 04:24 PM
Vines. Done in pen on the back of a program during christmas lunch with sport club ;) The vines were just outside the window.


04-16-2007, 04:33 PM
Lightening striken fir tree. Black ink. As the rest of my sketches, it was done "en plein air" during a mountain hike.


Well, I guess it's enough for now. Trees are one of my favorite subjects, so more will come when i manage to scan them.

Btw, talking of trees, have a look at the work of Emily Carr (just Google her to find links)... she was a real tree fan, and how she managed to render a forest with just a few strokes... wow!

Mad Scientist
04-16-2007, 05:02 PM
here is another tree root, taken in Ontario CA
I have uploaded it into the library as well
does this count for roots and bark?:ohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Apr-2007/104250-roots.JPG

Just in case anyone wants to know, this is an eastern white cedar, one of my favorite trees. It is really not a cedar at all, but rather is a member of the cyprus family. The wood is light and aromatic although not very strong. It is very resistant to rot and is commonly used for decks, warfs and boats. I have a canoe built around 1910 that is almost entirely cedar. Cedar also makes wondeful canoe paddles.:cat:

04-16-2007, 08:23 PM
Just in case anyone wants to know, this is an eastern white cedar, one of my favorite trees. It is really not a cedar at all, but rather is a member of the cyprus family. The wood is light and aromatic although not very strong. It is very resistant to rot and is commonly used for decks, warfs and boats. I have a canoe built around 1910 that is almost entirely cedar. Cedar also makes wondeful canoe paddles.:cat:

thanks mad scientist, I just knew I loved the root when I saw it, was just a visitor in ONT and fell in love with the area (georgian bay) and took about 300 pics to paint while I was there...

04-16-2007, 10:41 PM
This is a large oil painting 36x48" of a magnificent eucaplyptus tree near the Shrine of Baha'u'lla'h (Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith) near Haifa Israel. I posted this in the landscape forum and a commentor suggested I post it in this challenge. The painting is called "SACRED TREE" Brianhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Apr-2007/66238-SACRED_TREE.jpg

04-17-2007, 01:16 AM
Brian, that is such a magnificent tree and a magnificent painting!

Here is Rocky Glen - from a WC ref photo:


04-17-2007, 01:37 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Apr-2007/32438-53.jpg here is one i did about a month ago

Mony G
04-17-2007, 09:15 AM
WOW!!! These last entries are awesome... thank you for sharing!



04-17-2007, 03:18 PM
wow...some catching up to do on my comments...well done everyone..so many great sketches and paintings and photos with this months challenge...paul...very lovely solid trees with wonderful light!!! ep...beautiful fall colour..i like the feeling of depth to it also!!!! friend carol..very intriguing with the stark trees and solemn figure..terrific folds...artastic...ahhh a lovely spring coloured piece..very nice...carolyn..what a grande wintry tree..love the muted colour home in bg also!!! really like this one!!! maluasia...wonderful pieces..great depth and show of strength in your cypress...to the great tonals in the olive trees..and i like the pen work in your vines..and my favorite is the lonesome tree on the mountain hike work!!! very nice...brian..wow...love the light highlights ..show of depth and strength in tree..coolbeans!!!! susaneleven...i remember doing this one also..except yours is sooooo much better!!!! :p robert...beautifully done..love the limited palette..Hope i have not missed anyone...great job everyone....tyree :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :wave: :heart:

04-17-2007, 11:34 PM
Hi Lashy, that's a nice tree. :thumbsup:
I like the way it bends.
Where do Flame Trees live?
Your painting is very nice!

Hi Eyepaint, Glad you liked the
Largest Tree in the world.
Isn't it Cool?
Your Blue Ridge Mountain Landscape
is perfectly colored.
I am going to wait to see
your weeping willow one day. :)

Hi Wolverillo, welcome to Wetcanvas!
I like your Palm Tree sketch and agree
neat little bird!!!
Your watercolor looks like Florida.
It's All bright and sunny and beautiful!
Thanks for joining us! :)

Hi Paul, Welcome to Wetcanvas!
Awesome painting the trees near your work.
You did really good with the whole composition.
I like the tree root.
It is a Nice root. :thumbsup:

Hi Cntrymouse! Welcome!
Did you see we have Joyce Kilmer's
Tree Poem in the Studiolo?

I Love that poem too! :angel:


Your story about the broken tree
standing strong against the effects of time
is very moving. You convey that in your painting.
It's lovely. :thumbsup:

Hi Mariela, welcome to our forum, :)
yes please post your finished tree here in this thread
just as you would post a picture to any thread in the past.
This is a sub-forum and is not part of the Art Project System.
We'd love to see your art.

Hi Carol! I like it!
It has meanings I don't understand.
It reminds me of not enough time to do
what I want to do. Just me.
Maybe the trees are playing with
the sun like it's their toy ball. :D

Hi Schwabby, welcome, any media is fine and
digital is ok. We would like to see your tree! :)
We do have a subject forum here at WC
that concentrates just on
Illustration if that is your main interest.
Here is the link if you'd like
to look around


Classical Art is a subject forum and
we have just modified our description
in the last few week to better
meet the interest of our members to include
Anything Recognizable in an Academic,
Impressionistic, Naturalism, Contemporary Realism,
Representational, Romanticism,
Symbolic Realism and Traditional styles.
Now that covers a lot. :cat:

I'll be back in a bit to try and catch up
with more post!

There are many lovely and
wonderful trees here! :)

You all



04-18-2007, 07:42 AM
I think I have had enough trees (back to flowers now)
here are my last submissions
it is a bristlecone tree, one in watercolor,
the same in pastels

04-18-2007, 11:27 AM
My goodness, I have been away for a week and look at all the paintings! Nickel I will try and finish the downed tree, but it will be a last moment thing I think. We have lots of owls here, favourite is the tawny frogmouth which is camoflaged like bark and has a big froggy mouth. Where I live we have a vulnerable owl, one of the largest in the world, called the powerful owl. it can be over two feet tall and have a 5 foot wingspan. Because they are so large, they need very old trees with very large hollows to nest in and a huge range to forage in, so no wonder they are endangered. We lost two locally in the fires, and basically those two ranged over most of the nearby forest. enought of that. My memory of sequoia trees is limited to seeing one on disneyland about 30 years ago that had a road through it. So majestic! EP I like your scorched tree, the colours and the space emphasise the loneliness and vulnerability of the tree so well. We have had a lot of fires this last summer (dec-feb, here), so I identify with the sorrow in this painting. Love the colours in your acrylic, the riot of colours in the underbrush give the painting a trult autumn flavour. Lashy I love the smooth bark ans branches in your painting. Wolverillo your picture is so full of detail and the watercolour is great Paul, great texture in your bark! Carolyn, your tree was certainly worth the wait - exquisite detail. I love the way you express the similarity with elderly people. Malvasia The strokes in you cypress sketch give a perfect structure to the needles and I love the loose style in your olive too. The detail you get in your plein air sketches is great. I find it very hard to get a snapshot in an outdoor situation. Mad scientist I am madly in love with your tree roots, like something out of the faraway tree I read when I was a kid. I know I wil have to visit this forest! Brian, what a coincidence, I was just reading your book chapter before I looked here. the colour and drama in this painting are wonderful. Susan I recognise these trees! I have same photo in my favourites folder too. it is sort of mythical and isolated with the moss and you have captured it. I love your rendering. Dsimons I love the bark on your tree, it is very similar to a tree we call the ghost gum, I s'pose you can guess why? artastic your paintings of the bristle cones remind me of trees in the desert, or Mallee we call it here, I have included a couple for you.
well, it is past midnight and I had better get some sleep after this epistle. never again will I go away in the middle of a forum for a week!!:wave:

04-18-2007, 12:42 PM
artastic your paintings of the bristle cones remind me of trees in the desert, or Mallee we call it here, I have included a couple for you.

and I thought I was done with trees! now I want to paint that root!!

04-18-2007, 01:37 PM
Hi Artastic, welcome and thanks for joining us! :wave:
I really like both of your entries but really am blown away
with the two different media of the Bristlecone tree.
I think we should do flowers before
we are done with our twelve challenges.

Hi Malvasia, it's very nice to have you join us again. :cool:
It is my first time to see your Cypress Tree.
It is a nice sketch, looks like a lake in the distance?
It is a pretty location.
I like the Olive Tree, it looks
like you enjoy sketching from life.
So much so that you use whatever
you have to sketch on. That is love.
I liked seeing the vine study and your
sketch of the Fir Tree hit by lightening.

Welcome Mad Scientist, thanks for joining in.
It's interesting to learn about the Cedar and
Cyprus family of trees.
I hope we get to see your tree art too.:)

Hi BrianSimons,
What a beautiful and vibrant
Eucalyptus Tree you have painted!

I like the view or rather the composition.
Thanks for joining us and showing your tree.:)

Hi SusanEleven, your Rocky Glen is awesome.
There is a lot of feeling in your painting!
Thanks for your entry.:thumbsup:

Hi DSimons wow your painting
is full of feeling too!!
Did you paint this from life!
There is a lot of feeling here. :thumbsup:
Thanks for showing us and joining in.

Hi Vicki, is the Mallee alive?
Never even seen or heard of this one before.
Nor have I heard of the Ghost Gum.
This is way cool learning this way!
About the owls, they are so beautiful.

We've been talking about doing animals
for the May Challenge.
Maybe we can extend our artistic
endeavors with adding birds of
the woodlands or something like that.

We talk about our challenges here in our classical art journey.
Its a weekly thread


to keep focused on art,
quick sketches, studies, wips,
no hard critiques, only an encouragement
to keep going and not to neglect our creative
side with a little learning together, like here.

Anyway, you all are invited to join us there too

and post ideas about what you'd like for
a challenge and to also post your art, plus

we have a monthly gallery


in the main classical forum if you want to post your completed art for everyone to see.

:) Nickel

04-19-2007, 11:09 AM
moreinfo on Bristlecone Pines
It's among the oldest known living organisms on the planet-perhaps many thousands of years old.
The "Bristle Cone Pine" exists in such unwelcome environmetns that it takes forever to grow and forever to die.

for anyone who wants to know

04-19-2007, 05:25 PM
Wow Susan and Brian I love your work. I had picked to same WC photo to paint Susan. You have set the bar really high. I also like everyone elses trees. There are so many really fine artist's here, it is inspiring. I guess I had better get busy because April is almost over. Susan, I love your color choices and enjoy Your website as well as Brians. Thanks!!

04-19-2007, 08:53 PM
Tyree and Vicki - thank you for your comments. The photo was a complex one to paint from and I thought I had taken on too much. I am so glad you like the painting.
Nickel - thank you so much.
Rhodesharper, I appreciate your kind comments. And thanks so much for looking at my website - I greatly appreciate it.
There are some absolutely awesome trees on this site!
Here is another tree that I painted in plein air. Its a sycamore on the golf course behind my house - painted on a very windy day!


04-19-2007, 11:11 PM
susan...gorgeous work...i love the light on the tree and the fall colour...!!!! tyree :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

04-20-2007, 11:07 AM
Hey guys, more field work on trees. This is a wind swept group of dune oaks just north of the Shuttle launch pad. I have another WIP trying to use the techniques of Daniel Chard as he teaches in his book "LANDSCAPE ILLUSION"

04-20-2007, 03:20 PM
Brian Simmons - I love your eucalyptus tree
Artastic - I love your bristlecone tree in wc

I've taken a few more photos of trees (but I haven't painted them - oops!)

I'm not sure what this tree is but I like the "pompom" bundles of needles.


and a twisted cedar, I believe:

Or maybe it's not a cedar? The bark has a v. cool texture - see this closeup:


04-20-2007, 07:08 PM
wolverillo....another beautiful job...love the leaning of the oak...and i like the composition!!! ep...terrific photos...i love the twist and turns of the closeup of the bark..very nice....tyree :wave:

04-20-2007, 08:48 PM
Thanks Susan. Now I should probably get off the 'puter and draw it, hey? :)

04-22-2007, 10:44 AM
Tyree...thanks for the comments. I'm having trouble getting the whole image in. The "DuneOaks" is actually about a quater image longer so it loses much of its impact. By the way I had to stop my painting because a 13ft alligator came into the area under the leaning oak and I decided not to challenge his terrritory. Counted 22 gators over 6ft that day.
Schwabby...were you an anchor-clanker? I've posted an image of "FutureCedars" and would like to see what could be done for/to it.

04-22-2007, 09:41 PM
wolverillo...some neat trees going on there...whats going in the middle?? and what are you going to do with the vast sky...??? ...its intriguing...tyree:wave:

04-23-2007, 10:37 AM
Wow, great art posts are coming out of the wood work!!!!!!!!

Susan11 - windy day tree - no wonder that painting is vibrating like that!!! Love the blur and stabilizing trunk

Wolverillo - I love your watercolor per Chard techniques. Future Cedars is enchanting....

Eyepaint - thanks for the photos - if I can't find something to copy in Hokuasi that pine will be perfect to do in the oriental style

04-23-2007, 01:27 PM
Hi Everyone,

Here are a few more tree texture photos I took this weekend.



Ugly bug (wood beetle?) in the gaping chasm of a knothole suitable for a family of squirrels :)


04-23-2007, 08:16 PM
More info on the Worlds Oldest living Tree
"Bristlecone Pine"

These trees are said to have been old already during the age of the Pharohs.

04-24-2007, 12:07 PM
Tyre and Azulparsnip You are absolutely correct Tyre. I was concentrating so much on the technicalities, perspective, object weight, and eye control, I lost focus of the story. What's a painting without a story. And I'm still struggling with the computer display format. I just don't seem to be able to display a panoramic view or figure out how to display anything larger than a large thumbnail. I value your c/c. It helps me grow.... Azulparsnip...learning and using Chard's technique is not easy but, I admire his work so much I'm determined to make that one of my skills too. Thanks all, Wolverillo.

04-25-2007, 01:51 PM
This was a view under a huge cedar tree looking out over the valley somewhere near the Pakistani border. Still trying to develop my perspective skills and I'm trying to develope the color harmony for my WIP.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Apr-2007/34722-OPsomewhereinAfghan02.JPG

04-26-2007, 12:21 PM
Is this challange closed? If not here is one I just finished. After the leaves fall.


Mony G
04-26-2007, 12:50 PM
I'm so glad to see all this great finished work entering into this challenge... which we can only consider as a successful one!

Here's something directly from my sketching pad... there is this funny looking palm tree out of my bedroom window, it looks so goofy as its fuzzy trunk is so conical ... narrow at the bottom and so large at the top!

I tried to sketch it... here it is ! :lol:


Hoping to put in a third entry before the challenge is closed!


My Art Diary


04-26-2007, 06:19 PM
wolverillo...im looking forward to seeing your finishes on the 'Future Cedars'...it looks very interesting...and i love the soft colours of the cedar overlooking pakistan...very nice work...gerry...what a beautiful fall scene..i do miss that season here so much!!! mony...what a cool palm!!! tyree :wave: :wink2:

just chaos
04-26-2007, 06:34 PM

Here are a couble pictures of a cork oak. Close-up of the bark and the branches


04-27-2007, 10:41 AM
Nice Trees Everybody!

I'm still trying to finish mine..............huff ....hufff


04-27-2007, 05:20 PM
Hey, everybody. Frustrated and dissapointed. Worked all last few days searching for a good tree picture, doing thumbnails, and setting palette. But my painting is on a quater sheet and it's to big for my scanner. I refuse to take the knife to another painting so I guess I'll have to pass on this last posting.:(

Selahs art
04-28-2007, 05:07 AM
Hi, what a nice lot of trees.

I have only come upon it now.
Trees are one of my favourite subjects.

Too late to join in any case, so I will just look.


04-30-2007, 01:35 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2007/65063-palm.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2007/65063-ospreys_nest.jpg here are the entries for tree challenge that i worked on this week...the first is from a photo i got from the wde ..its a pastel...palm tree in the evening....the second is my rendition of winslow homers..'the ospreys nest'...its a pencil study which i made into sepia in photolab to soften it...tyree

04-30-2007, 02:27 PM
Ok guys, I'm not one to give up easily. I borrowed my sister-in-laws digital camera and took a picture and then loaded it onto her computer but could not get it to send the file using her programs. So, made a copy on her printer then scanned it into my computer. Didn't make the best of colors (turned the sky grey and reduced contrast) but this is a learning process so next time it will be better. I wonder if Leonardo had frustrations like this?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2007/34722-CedarMountainDigitalCameraCopy.jpg

04-30-2007, 03:26 PM
:clap: wolverillo...i love the strength to that tree...and the light filtering thru it...bravo to you for following thru and getting it posted!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap: tyree:heart:

04-30-2007, 03:51 PM
Mony I love the view looking down on your palm!
It is a very interesting compostion. :thumbsup:

Eyepaint, Love that little ugly looking bug! :eek:
He/She makes that photo for sure! It rocks!

Jean, those are lovely photos of trees!
I've never seen an oak like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank YOU!

Yeah! Wolverillo!!! You got spirit! Nice tree, and lovely lovely composition!
Thanks for the hard work to show us!

Susan, love the blue mood pastel!!!
And your 'the ospreys nest' is one of your best pencil.
The sepia is a nice effect.

Hi Retha! Join Azulparsnip in our merfolk challenge for May!

Everyone is invited.

Did I miss anyone? I hope not, there has been so many wonderful
photos of your works! Everyone thank you for joining us here in
classical for this Challenge!!!!

Mony thank you very much for hosting this challenge!
It was so much fun!!!! You picked a very popular subject!!!!!!!!!!
TREES:clap: :clap: :clap:

04-30-2007, 03:54 PM

That's my tree! It's still not finished!
I'll post it to the journey when
I finish. It's a dogwood from my backyard!

16x20 oil on canvas :wave: Nickel

04-30-2007, 06:13 PM
Wolverillo- nice branch over the valley - looks a cool spot. And that big tree - wow great job I like what is going on in the lower left hand corner alot.

Artaholic - that autumn tree is lovely - the water looks reeeallly cold

Mony - nice palm tree

Tyree - ahhhhh, wish I was there at that seaside sunset - that is a great piece of art
great job on the Hommer - those guys look so real they are kinda movin'

Nickely - your dogwood resting place is placid - the fushia/red and pinegreen detail in the lower left is wonderful

Here are two I worked on today.

One is from a calendar page and one is copying part of a Hokusai ( the whole Hokusai is not shown here) -
bit off alot here - and am still chewing but will not do anymore with these.

04-30-2007, 06:13 PM
Oh, I used sumi ink and colored pencil

04-30-2007, 07:04 PM
thank you nickel and azul...for your kind comments...nickel..this is such a wondeful spring setting...i like your composition, colour..and that lovely dogwood...very well done challenge....azul...these are fabulous...nice loose work...creative...great illustrative work!!! tyree :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :heart: :heart:

05-03-2007, 08:30 AM
:clap: Stumptailmonkey here...name change.

I'm a bit late I know. And I haven't really managed a tree project for this month. However, I did do a tree in one of the april WDEs; so I will post it to show I am still alive.:D

Sorry about photo quality. I will have to take a better photo later.

05-03-2007, 08:40 AM
And I enjoyed looking at the trees above...Tyree, Wolverillo, Nickel and azul. very cool work!!

I wish I'd had time to do a 'proper' tree study!!

BTW, my palm tree is in oils, about 8 by 12 ins.

05-03-2007, 10:10 AM
Glad to see it June, you have been working , lovely

05-03-2007, 11:29 AM
Azulparsnip I am impressed! Look at the pretty trees!
It's hard to pick a fav, each one I like!

Hi June, you sneaked in here too!
It's been awhile since I saw an oil by you!
Very pretty!

05-03-2007, 05:06 PM
hi junebug...!!! we did the same palm...whole different renditions and feelings to both...very lovely oil..beautiful soft colour....mermaids next!!!! tyree :D