It’s day 15 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

I made it halfway!!! I decided to take a deep breath and review my progress so far:

Lisa Marie Sipe 30 paintings in 30 days - 15 paintings

PAINTING DETAILS (for the painting in the lower right corner):
“In The Forest V”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and decomposing tree pieces on wood panel
Origin: Pole Creek Fire, Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
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When you think of trees in the forest you don’t think of squares. The trees have organic shapes and the branches have lots of curves. At a certain point in the decomposition of a tree the wood starts to fragment into square chunks. I arranged the decomposing tree pieces in a circle to reference the circle of life and to honor the beauty of these geometric wood fragments. Here is the tree I harvested for the painting:

Decomposing Tree, 3 Sisters Wilderness

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.