12x16 Oil on Linen
So, we're back in the desert once again and this painting wasn’t really my idea...People were gathering near a section of Bryce Canyon’s rim. There was not a crowd per se, but a steady stream of folks, lining up in that general area. At a distance, all I could see was a silhouette of a tree trunk, so I walked closer to see what all the fuss was about. Maybe the overlook had an even more spectacular view, or maybe there was a monument, an animal, or other interesting object, blocked by the angle of my current position.
Much to my surprise, the barren tree was the main attraction. Tourists were steadily snapping pictures and taking turns posing in front of it. Hmmm.
Up close, I soon realized the unique qualities of this natural sculpture. The trunk was a shiny and smooth. The bark was almost a charcoal tone, baked by the sun, with knots and gnarly branches. The roots were massive, stretching across the upper and lower borders. They were right. This tree indeed had a personality and character all its own. Snap!