Portrait of a Tree: An Oil Painting

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This tree is an outstanding feature of the Lal Bagh botanical garden in Bangalore, India. My dear friend and meditation master felt a strong identification with the tree and sent me to Bangalore to draw it. I spent 3 days there, going to the garden and drawing the tree. Upon my return to Madras, I gave him the drawings and resolved to make an oil portrait of the tree.

Here is a photo of me sitting on the tree:
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And a photograph of the tree I took while I was there:
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And the complete painting:
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We discussed what type of tree it was, but were unable to pin it down. In the park, the label read "Cotton Silk Tree", but others I spoke to had doubts about its genus. Perhaps someone can clarify this question.

The painting is currently in Bangalore.

Hope you enjoyed this post; resteems, comments, upvotes, all are welcome.

My website: www.kathleenscarboro.fr

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Craaaazy amazing and gorgeous. How big is it? Is there a special meaning where the sky turns from dark to light? I’m so intrigued!

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Thank you. It is a fairly large painting, about a meter wide if I remember correctly. The change in tone on the right has more to do with composition than anything symbolic.

wonderful! You have a natural gift for color as a visual language of happiness!

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Thank you; so glad you like it.

this is a great painting, Kathleen! If you didn't describe it as a painting, I would have thought it was a Deep Dream creation (coincidentally, since I just played in that app today).
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Hmmm. I remember when I discovered Photoshop, I thought it had been invented just for me. Maybe I am part robot?

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WOW! Kathleen this is sublime. I love all those colours you put into the three, it speaks of robustness, of variety, of life itself.      
                         
Amazing work, I feel you outdid yourself here.      
                         

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Thank you kindly@scrawly. It was a labor of love.

What a sweet painting, @kathleen! You've captured it beautifully. It almost seems like he has a soul. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you, glad you like it!

The paint colours so beautiful. I really enjoyed to look at your tree

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You well come . I already flow you because I checked your post all is great and your eyes posting nice art .Thanks for sharing

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What a gorgeous painting of a wonderful tree! I love it!

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The tree is absolutely majestic; takes your breath away when you are standing in front of it in the botanical garden.

Wow, that's a lot of details on that tree.

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And there was a lot I could not put in! So many many details.

Greetings @kathleenscarboro.

What a lovely painting.......the dappled light, immensity and graceful lines are certainly elements that would attract an artist. Which you have managed beautifully to communicate and expand upon.....giving the tree a setting and meaning.....so that the more one has a frame of reference and capacity for the subject matter the more one brings away from this work of art.

All the best.

Cheers!

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Thank you@bentleycapital; this tree has an amazing presence and personality. It was a joy to paint.

👏👏👏love it!

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Thank you. It is a wonderful old tree, isn't it?

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That's a fantastic painting Kathleen! I love how you interpreted the dappled light on the tree with your colour palette.

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Oh thank you @leoplaw. It was such a deserving tree - what a model!

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You have given such life to the tree @kathleenscarboro! It seems such a thing of vitality on it's own, having been allowed to grow for probably centuries, and yet you gave it so much more spirit and vitality!

That sounds an amazing commission a trip to capture the spirit of the tree in paint! Wonderful!

Very very beautiful! I love this artwork <3

So beautiful, Kathleen, your painting and the tree!

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Isn't it just the most amazing tree? Who wouldn't love it? thank you.

Beautiful...and those colors again are fantastic.
You caught a "nature spirit", did you know that? ..lol..
But honest, I see a woman-like being sitting on the right side of trunk, head lowered.

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Thank you. The tree has multiple personalities; I see elephants in it. It is a totally majestic presence - worth going to Bangalore to see.

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beautiful x

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Thank you LIba.