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In progress “tree of Life” 3,4,5

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I’ve been working on a series of drawings and paintings using tree motifs to explore the family tree of life on earth and the connectivity of our ecologies.  (There is a list of links to other posts in the series at the end of this article).  The current series features fairly literal trees, placed in different contexts that comment on the biological sciences – micro and macro.

The strong tree motif is also featured less literally in some of my paintings focused on networks of various sorts.  The two ideas and series overlap seamlessly, but there is also a clear delineation in the series.

Keystone, oil on canvas 24 x 24 inches

I’d envisioned this as a series of between 10 and 20 paintings of fairly literal tree shapes with accompanying drawings.  Three more of the paintings in the series are in progress and are at various stages in the drying process.  I’ve been working with thick acrylic layers and extruded structures, so it takes a little time for each stage in a painting to fully dry.  The bright side to this approach is that it allows plenty of time for WIP updates.  So, without further ado, the “in progress” images of “tree of life 3,4, and 5” are pictured below.

Other posts on the Tree of Life Series:

Exhibit “Glitz” at Annmarie Sculpture Park, Solomons, Maryland, Featuring Tree of Life 1

WIP Tree of Life 1

Tree of Life 1 finished

Tree of Life 2 WIP and finished

Tree of Life 3,4,5 WIP

Abstracted Oak and Birch Studies (drawings)

Evolutionary Tree (Drawing)

7 Responses

  1. Kathryn Burke Petrillo
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    These are beautiful. I love the way you are painting. I also am glad that you have been in contact with the artists on ART

    • nerdlypainter
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      Thank you Kathryn. It’s always good to get feedback (especially positive) on ideas that are new for me. I actually really like to paint landscapes, but so much has already been done in the landscape genre. The ideas in some of these paintings are my own way of reinventing the genre and keeping it fresh – unusual materials, extruded shapes, active optics etc.
      I’ve also enjoyed my newbie lurkage in the ART group. Maybe it’s time to become a bit more active.

      • Kathryn Burke Petrillo
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        I love your innovative work. I am utilizing the color studies I have done and abstract information to create more expressive work that has a subtle commentary on social concerns with some humor. I just love the fact that I am retired and working full time. It is my gift to myself after a long time of sacrifice.

  2. nerdlypainter
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    Thank you Kathryn. It’s always good to get feedback (especially positive) on ideas that are new for me. I actually really like to paint landscapes, but so much has already been done in the landscape genre. The ideas in some of these paintings are my own way of reinventing the genre and keeping it fresh – unusual materials, extruded shapes, active optics etc.
    I’ve also enjoyed my newbie lurkage in the ART group. Maybe it’s time to become a bit more active.

    • Kathryn Burke Petrillo
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      I love your innovative work. I am utilizing the color studies I have done and abstract information to create more expressive work that has a subtle commentary on social concerns with some humor. I just love the fact that I am retired and working full time. It is my gift to myself after a long time of sacrifice.

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