Friday, January 18, 2013

Elm Tree Painting, Blue Collar, by Kim Blair

Blue Collar
14x11 oil on canvas

The Elm trees in our neighbourhood are close to 100 years old since last year was the centennial for the Highland's neighbourhood here in Edmonton.  I feel so fortunate to live in an older area of the city.  Our streets are home to literally hundreds of magnificent boulevard elm trees that reach up to the sun, spreading out their heavy wooden limbs in graceful arcs, allowing long wooden fingers to caress the tips of adjacent specimens.
All of these trees have been pruned regularly for years, but every now and then you can see a damaged 'collar' where a branch was removed.  These are the scars that often host squirrels, birds and insects and may eventually be the demise of the tree because of rot or infection.  But on the other hand they add character to the trunk, creating the structures we like to pretend are human facial features.

Remember the old trees in 'The Lord of The Ring' movie... how could we forget!  Now they had a collar or two...

14x11 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

1 comment:

Sue Marrazzo said...

Beautiful painting..'Enjoyed viewing this!