Sunday, September 25, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: September 2016, Day 16: "Leaves on the World Tree: Circassian Cork Oak with Mixed Fruit" Study




This piece started out looking -very- differently as I was experimenting with under painting and splattering again:



I like this technique, but I'll still need to refine it if I'm going to try to create a rainbow with it.

Today, I chose the cork oak, in part because the oldest tree in Circassia is an oak, but also because there's an entire cork oak grove.  There are twelve cork oak leaves to represent the 12 tribes of the Circassian people.  And then, instead of acorns, there are mixed fruit: an apple, pear, cherry-plum, apricot, cornel, walnut, and quince, to represent the Ancient Circassian Gardens, that were created over 150 years ago with hardy fruit,nut, and berry grafts into the native trees.

The sixteenth leaf on my world tree is the Circassian Cork Oak.

"Leaves on the World Tree: Circassian Cork Oak with Mixed Fruit"
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on minicanvas

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