It’s day 4 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This encaustic painting is inspired by a hike I did a few weeks ago at Hackleman Creek Old Growth Forest in Oregon. I found cute mini strobiles (which I call pine cones) along the trail and they were from gigantic trees. It’s almost comical that something so big would reproduce using something so small.

“In The Forest I”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and mini pine cones on wood panel
Origin: Hackleman Creek, Old Growth Forest, Oregon
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Here is a photo so you can really see how big these trees are. My husband is in the photo for scale. Hopefully sometime soon I can visit the Redwood forest and hike among even bigger trees (I might hug a few of them too!).

Hackleman Creek, Old Growth Forest, Oregon

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.