Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cedar Root


When conditions are right, the ground saturated with rain and the winds wild, one of our towering evergreens will lose it`s grip on the earth and topple, literally uprooted. If undisturbed the trunk will become a 'nurse' log and support abundant new life. The root system, now exposed, will take decades to break down. As it does it becomes dramatically sculptural.

5 comments:

Margaret Ryall said...

What a lovely description of a natural process. The painting matches it!

Maureen said...

I like how you've painted this; it's still possible to "feel" the texture of the canvas in the image. You've realized so well the sculptural quality of the trunk; it looks like a kind of cradle. It must be fascinating to come upon one of these for the first time and then go back and revisit it over time, to see how it's changed.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

SamArtDog said...

This reminds me of the Rockabye cradle. Once the wind blows, the cradle will fall.

Oh. I just read Maureen's comment. She saw the cradle, too. Did you think of it, or is it just us?

Randall David Tipton said...

Hi Sam, who knows? I did want to suggest the link between fertility and decay but mostly it`s the baroque shapes that get me.

Elizabeth Destouches said...

This lovely. I visited some old growth forest in BC, Canada last summer, and you have captured the feeling so beautifully.