Wednesday, September 14, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: September 2016, Day 14: "Leaves on the World Tree: Catalan Pine" Study



I've been very loose and general in my rainbows, so I wanted to try being more specific.


It's an interesting pattern, but I think it detracts from the vegetation on top of it.  Pine needles don't cover as much space and you can clearly see the background.  Unless I try again with all thin lines, I don't think I'll be using this style of background again.  Or maybe alignment-- if the thin swirl had been in the upper right hand corner instead of having the branches on top of it, it would be less distracting.  I may end up repainting this one after the 30 days.  But I do like the way the pine cones are accented in the color.

There are 7 pine cones, representing spiritual awakening and the collective consciousness, and 3 separate branches of pine, to represent the Catalan Pi Jove de les Tres Branques, the young three branch pine.

The original Three Branch Pine, a Scots Pine, took root in the 1630s, was (and is) a cultural meeting place for the Catalan people as a symbol of their unity.  The original tree died in 1915, and has been vandalized several times both before and since, specifically because it is a symbol of the Catalan people.  A short distance away is the young three branch pine, considered the original's successor, and is also classified as a monumental tree by the Catalan government.  The younger pine is still at least 200 years old and gatherings are still held at the site of these trees.

The fourteenth leaf on my world tree is the Catalan Pine.

"Leaves on the World Tree: Catalan Pine" Study
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on minicanvas


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