Notes on a Landscape: Trees are Like Metaphors

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A return, for me, to a larger canvas size (basically three feet tall by five feet wide), this one was satisfying to complete—though it was a reminder of how much more work it takes to cover a canvas of this size. I’m obviously not done with this Notes on a Landscape series. My favorite part is the interplay between the beautiful sentiments portrayed, alongside silly trivial things. Stream of consciousness writing has always fascinated me. It’s a fun exercise, however brief in this application.

Here’s the little pseudo-poem in the middle of the field: “meet me in the park, beneath the trees, where the boughs bend, and sway in the warm windy-wind”

Video of the painting process coming soon!

Notes on a Landscape: Trees are Like Metaphors, 59x37.5”, $1750

The Voices of the Trees

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When I started this one, the bright colors I used were simply going to be an under-painting for the more realistic landscape to come, but after I added the tree trunks on the left side, I knew it had to be a colorful abstract landscape. So I just went with it. It was like the trees had voices and wanted their own thing. The Voices of the Trees. Video below of the painting process!

The Voices of the Trees, 24x48”, $900

Ethereal Landscape

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I would almost describe this as a Candy Land landscape, the randomly distributed dobs of color recalling gumdrop shapes across the bright landscape. A land where the sky is painted-in with drippy white paint and all the cares of humanity are stripped away just long enough to capture it on canvas. (video of the painting process added below)

Ethereal Landscape, 36x48”, $1450

Deep Green

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Not one but two new paintings in the same style. A more subdued, quiet style from me, perhaps, but I like it. Contact me if interested; and keep in mind, I can paint similar paintings in any size you'd like (would love to paint an extra-large version, for instance---hint, hint).

Deep Green 1, 30x30", $700

Deep Green 2, 30x30", $700

Through the Wild Wood series

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This series began two years ago, really, as a set of four 36x24" paintings which were painted all at one time, the idea being they could be displayed as a group or individually. I had originally called them "Paysage Energique" (Energetic Landscape), but I am renaming them as "Through the Wild Wood---large". Here they are (all of them still available, by the way):

"Through the Wild Wood series---large", 36x24" and $500 each

The new set of Through the Wild Wood paintings are smaller, at 8x10", and available in both vertical and horizontal formats. I painted a batch of ten each to start with. These paintings are all similar in style and color and subject matter---indeed, they are painted in batches to ensure the consistent look across all paintings in the series (see video below of the painting process)---but they are each original pieces. Due to the nature of this series of paintings, I will not be posting each specific painting, only these few examples of the painting series---you understand.

Additionally, because of my rapid workflow and because they are painted on canvas panels instead of bulky traditional canvas, I am offering these 8x10"/10x8" paintings in the Through the Wild Wood series at a lower price-point than other paintings of this size and I am also offering free shipping! (Thought I'd make it easy to say, "yes.") Anyway here are the smalls:

Through the Wild Wood series---small, 10x8", $50 each w/free shipping

Through the Wild Wood series---small, 8x10", $50 each w/free shipping

Through the Wild Wood series---small, 10x8", $50 each w/free shipping

Through the Wild Wood series---small, 8x10", $50 each w/free shipping

And finally, here's a little video of the painting process. (If you've been enjoying my videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when new videos come out! Oh, and here's the link my YouTube channel: Thanks!

tree of life (Etienne de Boré oak)

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For this quick painting, I used a reference photo from Aaron Younce's Instagram:

"This is the Etienne de Boré oak, but locals call it the Tree of Life. I live a couple of blocks away from it and I ride past it all the time going to and from the shop. Sometimes I stop to just look at the tree for a while, or walk around under it. There's a little plaque under it that says it was planted around 1740. This is one bad ass oak tree."---Aaron Younce (

Tree of Life (Etienne de Boré oak), 18x24", $375

cypress trees on lake st john

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Landscapes [and waterscapes, in this case] are fun to paint. So many variations to be had, ranging from realism to utter abstraction, with none of the worries that can come from painting portraits, for instance (placement of eyeballs, adjustments of skin tone, etc.). This waterscape comes from a reference photo taken at Lake St. John, where my wife's folks live. I wanted a long, horizontal view, so I went with a three panel painting (triptych), at twenty inches tall. I kept the detail to a minimum and the feeling of the painting style loose. To complete the scene I added the suggestion of American coot in the middle-ground and the lone egret taking flight.

Cypress Trees on Lake St John, triptych, 20x53", SOLD

paysage energique

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These four imagined landscapes were born of an energetic series of painting sessions wherein I had the idea to make these four canvases work as individual paintings and as a group. Together they form a rather fantastical, fiery copse of trees, an arrangement I could only call an energetic landscape (or "Paysage Energique" in french).

Paysage Energique #1 through #4

Paysage Energique #1, 36x24", $500

Paysage Energique #2, 36x24", $500

Paysage Energique #3, 36x24", $500

Paysage Energique #4, 36x24", $500