It’s day 13 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

I can’t believe I’ve made it this far! Doing this has surely been an exercise in discipline and planning. For instance, I had to have my blog posts and paintings ready while I was out of town backpacking Middle Sister last weekend where I picked up the tree knot I used in this painting. I think it’s funny that a tree knot is considered an imperfection in a piece of wood. Imperfection? The spiral in this tree knot is elegantly beautiful. This piece is so delicate now it is hard to believe it could have ever held a full tree branch.

“In The Forest IV”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and tree knot on wood panel
Origin: Middle Sister (Hope), Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
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Here are a few photos to show you the Three Sisters Wilderness where the tree knot was found:

3 Sisters Wilderness, Oregon

Here is a view of Middle Sister (Hope), unfortunately I didn’t make it to the top:

Middle Sister or Hope, 3 Sisters Wilderness

Here I am scrambling down from Middle Sister (photo courtesy of Jim Sipe). No, I wasn’t trail blazing this is the trail:

Middle Sister Climb

And here is a gratuitous picture of a mountainside that looks like the face of a Polar Bear. Cute nose, don’t you think?

Polar Bear on side of mountain

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.