James Day posted a beautiful article on my work with trees on his blog. Please share and comment on his blog. thanks, Fran http://artofday.com/wordpress/?p=4237So here is a tree which is fairly straight and not gnarly like so many of the trees that inspire me. It is a virgin Ponderosa Pine from the history grove in Valles Caldera, a lush and spectacular landscape in the Jemez Mountains which was the site of a volcanic eruption in the past. Links and info on Valles Caldera at the bottom of this blog. It is a spectacular place to visit.
Enjoyed your drawings of "Fran Trees".
My Mary would have loved them.
How do you like my pix of "Q Trees"?
There is an old dead pine tree, probably a white pine, back of my house. It must be sixty feet with a few branches left on trunk. The crows, the doves, and many other birds sit up there for short times. One of these days it will topple and the way it leans, it will go away from my home. Pileated woodpeckers have drilled it again and again looking for the juicy grubs that feast on the wood and in turn are feasted upon. Bark is pealed off but some is left. Nuthatches have dug out nest holes but with its present condition, I doubt if any birds nest within -- instinct tells them it is too flimsy for a brood of babies.
That tree is not nearly so beautiful as those you have painted. But the idea is the same -- there is both history and life in old deceased trees. You have captured this and within your trees there are streams of fairy tales woven into the bark. How much your painting has progressed over the years -- in technique and in subject. Excellent work, Fran. Tom Acker, S.J.
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Geology and science
Wildlife and livestock
Films shot in Valles Caldera
- 1971 Shoot Out with Gregory Peck
- 1977 Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) with Leif Garrett
- 1982 The Gambler (TV) with Kenny Rogers
- 1994 Troublemakers with Terence Hill
- 1995 Buffalo Girls (TV) with Anjelica Huston
- 1997 Last Stand at Saber River (TV) with Tom Selleck
- 2003 The Missing with Tommy Lee Jones
- 2007 Seraphim Falls with Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan