Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Lady of the Birch Tree -Paint Party Friday


Last week I had the joy of visiting family in The Dalles, a wonderful little town located in Oregon's spectacular Columbia Gorge.  I found a birch tree with beautiful white bark which appeared to be peeling from the tree.  I pulled some of it away to take home.  I'm told it is a type of birch which constantly peels, so taking some of the bark would not hurt the tree at all.

I found the bark to be a lovely surface for pen and ink!  This is my fourth drawing on birch bark this morning--I think this lineart turned out especially well.  I call this drawing My Lady of the Birch Tree 

Merry Christmas and Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and truly wonderful people.  God bless you, dear Friends--have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by.  ((hugs))




18 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Your work is beautiful, great idea to use the bark. I am glad my blue lady 'spoke' to you. Take care of yourself, have a blessed Christmas. Hugs, Valerie

Linda Kunsman said...

this is beautiful Beth and how nicely it came out on that peeling birch fragment too! Wishing you also a happy PPF and Merry Christmas.

denthe said...

wow, amazing that you can draw so easily on bark. It's looking great! When I was living in Australia there were a lot of those trees with peeling bark. It always fascinated me how soft and velvety it feels. The indigenous people of Australia used to paint on bark too. Wishing you a lovely Christmas dear Beth ♥

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your drawing as usual, and the birch texture gave it so much more interest. I have some birch bark that a friend gave me sometime ago, so I may need to try this sometime. Happy Holidays!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Oh this is wonderful! I love it! Such a lovely idea.

Giggles said...

Wow impressive! Beautifully done!! Wishing you love and laughter this Christmas...with special moments of joy!!

Hugs Giggles

Christine said...

Lovely work on this interesting medium Beth! Merry Christmas!

NatureFootstep said...

birch bark is very beautiful and is used for many things. But I think it the first time I have seen a sketch on one. Love it!

Wishing you a beautiful holiday :)

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I know of this tree, they grow here in Michigan. The Indians used them in much the same way you have. She has such a beautiful face, your talent for drawing always amazes me!

My name is Erika. said...

I nevre tought of creating on birch bark. How beautiful!

Studio Kaufmann said...

What an amazing idea to use nature as your canvas. A really stunning effect.
Happy PPF

Carol said...

Beautiful! I used to collect the bark just because I thought it was pretty and would sometimes wrap it around candles but never thought to paint on it. hummmmmmm :) Have a Merry Christmas!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Ohh so glad you were able to visit the Dalles. That whole area is pretty special place. Love the art you created. Happy Christmas.

Faye said...

What a gorgeous Birch Tree Woman drawing! Thank you for you kind remarks on my blog.

Cindy Dauer said...

How neat, art on bark! And such a pretty face you've drawn! Also, that is the sweetest thing, that you made sure it wouldn't hurt the tree. I wish more people would think that way. :)

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Ooh! What an interesting suface to work on. Happy PPF and Seasons Greetings to you.

Abigail Davidson said...

Gorgeous!! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Teresa Arsenault said...

How lovely!