Oil sketch of Four Seasons Tree/Summer

Oil sketch of Four Seasons Tree/Summer

Four Seasons Tree/Summer- Painting #107

8×8 in. Oil on board 8/19/2016

It’s been one long hot summer. Fashion Week July came and went and took with it my wrists. Carpal tunnel set in and I had to take it easy for awhile. I’ve been watching my tree the whole time. She really is amazing in every season. When I sent an oil sketch of her to my friend Hiro, he sent me a pic of Shiva he found courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ll be damned if it wasn’t her reincarnated. I’d been in love with her very distinctive shape from the moment I set eyes on her, but hadn’t made the connection. (!!)  She’s my Shiva Tree.

When I painted her the first time I was operating under the stipulation that I would paint her the last day of every quarter of the year. Ditched that idea since it didn’t really make sense in that she wasn’t actually in her full Spring bloom at the time. So I will be revisiting her for that season/reason. I did, in fact, snap a couple of pics of her when her leaves were just poking out and she was blooming with tiny white flowers. Quite an adorable sight to to see since I’d painted her looking so stoic. Can’t wait to bring her to you.

Mother Nature is a harsh mistress. She makes it look so easy.

 Shiva sculpture via the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shiva sculpture via the Metropolitan Museum of Art