We love all the trees of Vermont, but the trees in our backyard hold first place in our hearts. Birch, hemlock, pine. They all serve to inspire. We particularly love the spiny crown of a leafless birch on the path behind our house. It cuts a striking figure against the sky in every season.
Almanac #7 brings that stately birch to life, using birch bark, old newspaper, felt, and of course, oil paint.
First, Michael laid down the under-painting of tree against sky. Then Sara came in with collage materials... here, you see that part of the trunk is covered with old Vermont newspapers from 1818.
A birch tree rises on our canvas.
We give thanks to our forest friends for all the inspiration they provide.