Monday, October 5, 2009

Arbutus Ridge

Arbutus trees grow on the west coast of Canada, including the gulf Islands. This little painting is of a spot in Ruckle Provincial Park on the south east coast of Salt Spring Island. The park coast line juts in and out creating lovely little coves and rocky beaches, perfect for hiking and exploration. One tree that stands out along the coastal areas of the gulf Islands (and the mainland) is the hardy arbutus.
The dark outer bark of the Arbutus tree naturally peels away to reveal a papery inner layer of rusty red, which in turn also eventually peels here and there revealing a mossy lime green layer... interesting trees with extremely hard dense wood. A vibrant element amongst the tones of green and grey, the arbutus naturally becomes the center of attention...

10x8 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

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