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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reducing Fire Danger in Overgrown Christmas Tree Lot


My husband on tractor is pushing the burn pile together burning excessive branches.This picture was taken exactly a year after posting my environmental painting of birds and fish benefiting from a root ball in a pond. When I did this final painting of the series about loosing the fir trees I had no idea that I could continue the story this year. Pictured above is one of last years paintings, " The Dream, A Submerged Root Ball is a Fish Nursery." acrylic on cradled Masonite, 12" square by 1 1/2" deep, will be for sale when series is complete. This is an important series in my life work. More paintings will follow soon.


I am overwelmed that my dream came true. My husband is lining up trees to be transported soon to ponds which fill old rock quarries where gravel was dug for the I 5 Freeway that traverses Oregon between California and Washington. The stumps and root balls will provide habitats for fisheries thaks to volunteer workers like my husband.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wild Life loading fallen trees.


4 comments:

katie jane said...

I just really like this first picture with the fire and smoke and green trees. At first glance I thought it was going to be another of your paintings. The colors are just really nice, even if the subject matter is not of painterly quality. Perhaps there is a painting hiding in there somewhere?

Parapluie said...

Yes, thanks Katie. I like the idea for a painting but the subject might not be right to hang up on my walls at home. There is in our area a juried show for art about agriculture and the photograph might be one I enter. In 1999 I received a purchase award for a painting called "Mother Thinning Woodlot" acrylic on canvas, 35.5 x 45.5". It hangs at a School of Forestry Extension of Oregon State University.

katie jane said...

Well, true about the subject matter, but you are so good at taking a picture and creating an abstract version of it that I thought the colors, the smoke and so forth might create something else entirely.

I do think that the photograph in it's own right would be something good to enter in the art show, however.

Parapluie said...

thanks Katie for the encouragement to abstract from this photograph. I am incubating some ideas, but I got side tracked as it is so easy to do by placing labels on all my blogs. The label tool will enable me to see all my works and ideas in groups. But i must remember my basic need is to paint.