The Bur Oak


Scattered around the Grant Woods preserve, and indeed, throughout Lake County, are mighty old bur oaks.  This one is probably around 200 years old, based on calculations from its circumference. Bur oaks grow very slowly, and are blessed with thick corky bark that helps them survive prairie fires.

The challenge for me here was to somehow convey the massiveness of this tree.  I tried out this angle, with the huge trunk cropped, and the focus on one heavy, wavy-branched limb.  We’ve had a couple of wet years, and so moss has been growing on our old trees, much to my delight.

Incidentally I learned last night that the hawk painting I showed you a couple of weeks ago attracted a committee that plans shows at a local gallery and so I am one of the artists to be invited to exhibit next spring.  It also got me invited to exhibit in a show the local Audubon  chapter is having, also this coming spring.  It will be a busy spring for that painting!



Original Painting “The Bur Oak”

16x20″ wide-wrap gallery canvas with black painted edges. This painting is a meditation in muted colors of a massive old oak tree in the fall, after the leaves have fallen. Paintings ship free to the continental US



  1. That craggy branching branch gave me a feeling of mystery and perhaps a bit of menace appropriate for the lead-up to Halloween. You did a good job of getting the branch to fill the space that’s the whole left side of the painting.

    Happy spring invitations, even if a winter comes between.

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  2. Your bur oak has so much character, the character that comes with age and experiencing the challenges of the changing seasons. It shows such strength. It’s a strong painting.
    Congratulations on all the attention your hawk painting is receiving and will receive next year. Great news, Melissa. 🙂

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  3. It’s wonderful that your hawk will be flying around next spring. Maybe it can prey on someone’s bank account and bring some of it to you as a treat!

    I really enjoy big oaks of various sorts, and you’ve done a good job of communicating the heft of this one. It’s one that deserves to be called “gnarly” in every sense of the word, including surfer-speak.

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