Learning to Paint Trees

The Bible tells us that Almighty God was the Master artist who ‘made every tree to grow that is pleasant to sight’ (Genesis 2:6).  Did you know that when God created the trees He had our pleasure in mind?

Here’s a beautiful poem about TREES  written over a hundred years ago:

From my condo window, walks around my neighborhood, drives through town, bus rides, and visits to a nearby botanical garden, I have been able to discover many varieties of trees and take note of those that have canopies and tree holes.  Simply stated, tree canopies are the sections of branches and leaves of a tree, and tree holes are the sky holes that let birds fly in and out of a tree. Thanks to Dennis and Nolan Clark  of Paint Basket  I learned  how to draw and paint trees in their landscape drawing classes.

Often, my husband graciously listens to my chatter about the colors of the trees and flowers, the colorful trunks of the eucalyptus trees, and cascading flower clusters from the rainbow shower trees.  He waits patiently for me when I want to get out of the car to take photos of trees, or sometimes I just take photos as he slows down in traffic. The fall tree is on the Whitworth University campus where I visited my ‘little artist’ (see 8-24-17 post) now grown  granddaughter, Taylor,  in Spokane, Washington.

In the photos above you can see tree canopies marked to make it easier to draw/paint realistic-looking trees.  One photo shows my other granddaughter Amber sitting between the split trunk of a huge tree she discovered in a remote forested area on Molokai Island, where she did field work for her univerity studies on plant research.  The last photo features my husband sitting under a tree playing his ukulele after dinner at the park.  Having a collection of tree photos provides a way to study how trees grow and to note their different shapes and forms.



3 thoughts on “Learning to Paint Trees

  1. Lovely trees. I too love trees, I can sit for long periods just looking and admiring them. I do have a tendency to touch them. I close my eyes and feel the textures as my fingers softly glides over the bark and leaves. Just divine!


    • My husband found the tree poem for me. In fact, he even knew the song which I have never heard before! He said when he was a kid he liked old songs! My granddaughter sent me a package of beautiful autumn leaves from Spokane, Washington. I spread all the leaves out to admire them! How wonderful to experience the seasons which we do not have in Hawaii, not fall trees or a white Christmas!


  2. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:

    ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’ Ecc 3:11
    ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’ Genesis. 8:22
    ‘(God) changes times and seasons. . .’ Daniel 2:21

    My grandchildren on the continental U.S. are sending me photos of colorful fall scenes in Washington and Maine. I’m hoping to paint an autumn scene!


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