“Though I dwell in the valley of the shadow of death”
Figure in Landscape No 13 2005
Oil on Linen 750 x 1050mm
Where there is light there is hope. Even in the toughest location a tree will grow. Here in a gully filled with monster boulders a tree has grown up an out of the shadow into the light. At its base, among the mosses of its roots, the small saplings begin the same struggle and retell the story of life and death.
While Psalm 23 talks about passing through the valley this tree dwells there and passing through was a matter of upwards toward the light.
One of the delights of painting this picture was a regular visit by a lyrebird. As I was a regular and quiet visitor to his lunch location I was soon ignored. It beats painting from photographs. So much of the Lords’ creation is revealed for those who take the time to truly see.
Australia as a landscape is populated by trees and characterized by its’ trees. Each painting in the series is a complex metaphor for aspects of human life. Trees are chosen for their sculptural presence and placed forward and central in the canvas much like a portrait painting.
Thank you , I wish I had more time to paint.
III'm currently uploading some great tree Photo's from a house boat trip down the Hawkesbury and Colo Rivers.
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Photo taken in Upper Colo NSW 2756, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location