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