On The Edge
On The Edge is a watercolor painting of a group of aspen trees near a mound of earth at the edge of the forest; a classic Colorado landscape scene, depicted in deep color of the earth and forest shadows. Autumnal yellow leaves crown these white barked trees, but more in the distance, as I didn’t precisely want them to be the main focus, the way they (rightfully) are in so many paintings. I especially love the contrast of the white bark and shadowy forest floor, and the somewhat abstract lines of color created b y leaves, sky and mist.
According to: https://www.nationalforests.org/blog/tree-profile-aspen-so-much-more-than-a-tree
One aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand.
Older than the massive Sequoias or the biblical Bristlecone Pines, the oldest known aspen clone has lived more than 80,000 years on Utah’s Fishlake National Forest. Not only is the clone the oldest living organism, weighing in at an estimated 6,600 tons, it is also the heaviest. Even if the trees of a stand are wiped out, it is very difficult to permanently extinguish an aspen’s root system due to the rapid rate in which it reproduces.
On The Edge is currently priced as professionally matted and framed in a simple white mat and grey barn wood type frame. Please email the artist for photos of art as framed.
Please visit: https://www.nationalforests.org/blog/tree-profile-aspen-so-much-more-than-a-tree for far more fascinating information about aspens, and also to support the National Forest Foundation that is helping to keep these trees healthy and thriving.
August 16th, 2017
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