Burning tree

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55 Responses to Burning tree

  1. masqua says:

    An attempt to depict the spirit within a tree.

  2. Very hard to do. You did a great job.

    • masqua says:

      Thank you. It’s unfortunate that the quality of the photo is so lacking, but the good news is that the present owner of this piece lives close by and that I will soon do a second shoot and re-post it… perhaps this weekend.

  3. Amazing painting, the work is tremendous!

  4. It's only P! says:

    Just having read an article about a Bosniak artist living in the Netherlands who has a passion for trees, I ended up here! So today is a tree day… aren’t they just marvellous entities? If he saw your burning tree he’d probably ‘see’ why he feels so good around trees, as I do… If you like, here are some of his works (in the scraperboard technique, a new art term for me today). http://dragopecenica.com/
    BTW, I had no idea you were also Dutch until I read your biography now… Uncanny.

    • masqua says:

      Holland will forever be etched into my psyche… a linocut of canal crosshatching. Drago’s blog brought back fond memories of Meerkerk and Deventer through his works, so thank you for that. This early winter morning I also enjoyed reading your blog with its evident penchant for P’s… so perfect and persistent.

      On trees… aren’t they wonderful? A large and global metaphor for life itself, they reach for the skies while firmly placing their feet into the soil. Whatever themes I’m trying to paint, it is always trees that seem to find their way into the piece and the most remarkable thing is that they become the focus without my intent. They just are that powerful.

      And it’s not only myself that feels a love of trees… everyone loves them. They are that distant line which separates sky from earth on the horizon or the demarcation of a road or river. In Canada, where the open countryside is small bushlots, you can always tell where the towns are because an old church steeple will be poking it’s pointy head above a large forest of trees.

      So thank you for directing me to Drago’s artistry. It made my cold, chilly morning much more pleasant than the cozy fireplace and hot coffee normally does.

      Oh, and thank you also for visiting my blog. πŸ™‚

      • It's only P! says:

        The pleasure is all mine, and ditto. πŸ™‚ We have made a positive difference in each other’s lives today. Those are the best.

        Even when I lived in Johannesburg, I was always surrounded by big trees (the city has ‘green lungs’). Eight years in Eastern Canada, three different houses and always on the edge of a forest – so lucky! And now, on the edge of a very large forest, on the border of the ‘Drents-Friese Wold.’ Heather, sanddrifts, it’s all there. Mother Nature spoils me no end…

  5. philandre says:

    Wow! Excellent.

    And thanks for visiting “In search of unusual destinations”. Phil.

  6. Eva Lefoy says:

    It looks like blood vessels. Almost like it could be a medical journal piece. Interesting!

  7. fgassette says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

    • masqua says:

      I was just looking over your own blog. Very interesting. Especially the old barn. Ontario has many of them, but they are slowly being dismantled by Mennonites looking for good lumber to re-use.

      • It's only P! says:

        Rather than the aesthetic beauty that us, humans, derive from old, derelict barns or other decrepit buildings, the Mennonites’ recycling does seem a more nature-friendly application. πŸ™‚

      • It's only P! says:

        Whoops! Re-reading my comment I think readers may misinterpret my intention here. I’ve known Mennonites (in Nova Scotia) and I respect them. The ‘humans’ were referred to in relation to nature itself. As a nature lover I like it that Mennonites recycle old barns rather than that new trees are cut for lumber.

      • masqua says:

        A few years ago, I went to a Mennonite sawmill out of curiousity and wound up buying four long pine planks 2 inches thick and 20 inches across. I had the top milled down to a nice smooth finish and made two work counters out of them. They were saved from the floorboards of a derelict barn well over 100 years old. Beautiful.

  8. fgassette says:

    Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.

  9. I love this one.
    thanks for you Like on Rende’s photo.

  10. gailkav says:


  11. elmediat says:

    A Phoenix tree. Well done ! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for visiting my blog. It is much appreciated.

  12. linfranca says:

    Amazing image, beautiful concept.
    Thank you for visiting and liking ‘Arboreal Artworks’.

  13. masqua says:

    Thank you for the kind comments, elmediat and linfranca. It seems this painting is proving itself to be the most popular of all I’ve done. I love visiting other WordPress blogs through the Reader. You are all a source of inspiration for me… so thank YOU. πŸ˜€

  14. Iamrcc says:

    Lovely illustration! So often our focus is on what is above ground. We forget about what is going on underneath. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for stopping by my site and the like of my post “Snow Balding Lights”.

  15. mamtavn says:

    wow! branches and roots – trying to find a balance…

  16. So beautiful – thanks so much for sharing ! And thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking ‘Morning Light’ – your support is appreciated! I will try and post more tree images for you πŸ™‚

  17. ThePoliticalVagina says:

    Hi and thanks for the likes! I am also a tree lover, painter and photographer as you can see by my Gravatar. I really like your burning tree πŸ™‚

    • masqua says:

      We do have something in common and your Gravatar caught my eye immediately. Trees have always been a favorite of mine, from the smallest to the largest and I plant them whenever I get the chance. Wherever I live, a forest starts to grow on the property.

      • ThePoliticalVagina says:

        Nice! I have a thing for golden trees in the night at the moment and like yours very twiny, viney and rooty with no leaves. I just keep doing differing variations on the theme. Forests are such magical places, it’s good you are creating more.

      • masqua says:

        Have you ever heard of the golden spruce which used to stand on Haida Gwaii? It was sacred and legendary… books have been written about it.

        So far, in my newish home (2 years), I’ve planted 2 oaks, 2 maples, a birch, a spruce and an apple tree. These were added to 2 ash and a pine. It’s still not enough, but placement is everything.

      • ThePoliticalVagina says:

        No I haven’t heard of Haida Gwaii but I will go and have a google right now. Maybe I’ve tapped into something? My trees often seem to materialise little people (sprites?) within them and it’s quite unintentional. If I try to paint them in it just doesn’t work. Sometimes the tree itself seems to be the shape of a woman or man. Maybe I will post some. I have also planted some trees where I live. A Granny Smith and a Gala Apple tree, a Cherry, a Nectarine and a Peach. The aim is to have a food forest. I’d like some nut trees next. Yes placement is tricky, I fret over it actually.

      • ThePoliticalVagina says:

        Interesting story, thank you. Now I want to read that book and find out more about the Haida Gwaii!

    • masqua says:

      Thank you… syndax vuzz an interesting website, btw. I agree that ‘things’ are about to change dramatically on a global scale (and I don’t mean in a negative way).

  18. flooran says:

    This is beautiful! And thanks for the like on “My Works Part I” πŸ™‚

  19. This is cool! I have a friend who loves trees. She’ll really dig this!

  20. Kavita Joshi says:

    nice pic..thanks for sharing..n thanks for visiting my post

  21. Tres interesante; makes me think of Yggdrasil or the like…

    • masqua says:

      Odin’s tree. πŸ˜€

      If you look at Irminsul further down on the blog, that collage is another reference to Odin and the ‘pillar of the earth.

  22. My brain isn’t a very accurate one and at first I thought this was about the Burning Man festival and had a bit of an “ugh” response (old boyfriend flashback memories). But it’s a Burning Tree and I love it! How did you create this look? Not that I’ll be able to do it anyway if you tell me but it’s fascinating. Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  23. Kavita Joshi says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  24. katietopchishvili says:

    This is amazing!!

  25. peachyteachy says:

    Love the tree and its light. Thanks so much for the like on my blog!

  26. Eliardo says:

    Ok, cowboy! I like it very much!

  27. art02003 says:

    Very beautifully done.

  28. Linda says:

    I love this!!! What is the medium and size? You DID capture the spirit of the tree, the heartblood. ALso thank you for following my blog: olsenartnews.wordpress.com

  29. suej says:

    Fascinating artwork, and I would never have come across it if you hadn’t visited my blog….so thank you!

  30. eikenlaan says:

    Masqua, this tree has soul and the chakras are glowing/burning. I too love trees, they are majestic and like you, I love nature/art/writing. Maire

  31. Love this burning tree! Would it be possible for our youth student ministries to use the jpeg image file as part of our logo? The name of our student ministry group is One Generation Ablaze. This burning tree would be perfect.
    Kindest regards,

    • masqua says:

      I give you permission to use this image as your logo. I can’t imagine a worthier cause. Incidentally, the painting itself hangs in the dining room of my mother and father-in-law. They also saw something in it that ‘spoke’ to them in their lives.



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