It’s day 5 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This encaustic piece, like the one yesterday, uses the pine cones from the Hackleman Creek Old Growth Forest. I did some research and the strobiles (pine cones) are from Red Alder trees which are very common in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

A few interesting Alder tidbits:

  • Native Americans used red alder bark to treat poison oak, insect bites, and skin irritations.
  • The Fender Jazz Bass, Precision Bass, Stratocaster and Telecaster, have been built with alder bodies since the 1950s (I should have remembered this because I used to work for Fender Musical Instruments). Alder is appreciated for its claimed tight and even balanced tone.

“In The Forest II”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and mini pine cones on wood panel
Origin: Hackleman Creek, Old Growth Forest, Oregon
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I can’t resist putting these in groupings:

Lisa Marie Sipe "In The Forest" encaustic and pine cones painting

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.