For this series, I had to start with what I had, with where I was. I had pencils and paper. I had a computer, a graphics tablet, and a scanner. I had been teaching computer classes for a few years. Those were my tools.
The foot of an oak tree on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. I called it wounded Oak because it has a gash on it, but also because it was near the Oaks that were going to be cut down for the new athletic department building where the tree-sitters were protesting. Perhaps also because I started to draw and paint Oaks when I learned more about sudden oak death that was killing many trees. Framed 29x41"
I found this tree amidst a massive amount of poison oak which I only hint at in the painting. Its named Yardley Oak after a poem by that name by William Cowper. "...Time made thee what thou wast, king of the woods: And Time hath made thee what thou thou art --a cave for owls to roost in ..." Framed 29x41"
The tree reminded me of the reclining nude paintings that I had seen. It is on a hill above San Pablo Dam Reservoir. framed 29x41"
After hiking and searching for a unique tree to draw, I sat down, tired and a little discouraged. I decided to eat something and rest, when I turned around there was this tree only a few feet from me. I am sure that J.R.R. Tolkein could have written a story about it. Framed 28x42"
There is a rare variety of Manzanita that grows on Sobrante Ridge in the barren soil. It only grows there and one place in the Oakland Hills and perhaps on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Manzanita's are not usually large trees. The sunlight enhanced the color about 4 pm in the winter. Framed 26x32"
There seems to be a large dome mostly underground from which all the trunks grow. The shapes and shadows were really interesting to me. Framed 29x41"