A PAINTING IDEA IS FORMING
I've been thinking of painting something that has to do with camping, friendship, roasting marshmallows and the feeling a ghost story gives you when you're outside, in the dark, under some looming trees, with only the heat of a campfire for comfort. I've been thinking of anthropomorphism and how it seems, in this situation, trees and such seem to come to life showing their ghoulish grins and grimaces.
Since this has been on my mind, I've been noticing freaky faces in EVERYTHING!
I recently traveled to Central California for my son's graduation from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and lo and behold, surrounding his little apartment were a ton of oak trees. They grew all along the driveway up to the house, on the side and behind the house, and along an old creak bottom. Let me tell you, OAK TREES ARE FREAKY! I wouldn't want to walk along his driveway at night, that's for sure! They really are a sight to see. Their branches twist and turn as they reach out, it seems, about ready to ensnare you. They are truly beautiful to say the least, just amazing trees, but since I had this painting idea on my brain, I was seeing freaky faces everywhere!
I started taking pictures. I think I took almost 200 pictures in all! This included trees from around his apartment, The Oaks State Park, and the walk we took to get to a beach down by Los Osos, CA.
I thought I'd share some of my favorite pics with you.
What do you see?
Oh, and this one is for my brother-in-law. Funny!