White Pine Among the Boulders (oil on birch panel, 8x8 in.)

22 June 2018 found me sitting on a mossy boulder, painting the base of an imposing White Pine in the Spednic Natural Protected Area, east of McAdam, New Brunswick. This is hilly forested terrain, full of gullies and boulder fields, carpeted by moss. The trunk is a mighty column sculpted in bas relief by grooved and plated bark, and towering its fine-needled crown up against the sky. I considered looking up to paint, but decided instead, to commune with the base of this giant at my own level, where it emerges from the rusty litter of needles that covers rocks heaved by its roots.


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