My tree collection grows! Pun intended. It seems now
everywhere I look I see trees doing human things...or maybe we humans do tree things?
Regardless, I want to share a new one that few folks outside of those who venture forth in
canoes or kayaks get to see up close and personal.
Mangroves on the Indian River
16" x 20" mixed media on canvas
This was the first time I tried any graphite to a serious extent on canvas. It was much different
than using it on a hard surface. The canvas was gessoed in a gray color so that provided my
middle value while working out the composition. In addition to pencil you will find
that I used white acrylic, china pencil, gel medium and an acrylic wash of sap green.
Mangrove roots are fascinating...they grow from just inches long to huge arm-like
appendages reaching out as if to snatch a paddler into a dense forest. Barnacels
grow on the roots and can often show the variety of water levels over time in the lagoon or
marsh areas. Yes, I love these strange tree growths and knew when I saw these
cocky roots strutting their stuff that I just had to paint them.