Mixed Media, October 2019
Original. 42 x 56″
In the fall of 2019, I remember just moving to downtown Austin, TX and getting my first impressions of how a Texas summer would affect my new neighborhood. I remember around me everywhere I looked how strangers seemed nicer and more calm as the lower temperatures came and the sun set. When walking by a nearby bar, I felt the sun strongly hitting me as it was still setting and looked toward its direction upon discovering a large tree covered with Christmas lights that had just been turned on. Amidst the smell of cooked asphalt, steel, and cement, I became curious on how Christmas lights might affect this trees growth patterns through its own life and its overall aura. Generally, when the sun sets and rises, a trees energy moves back and forth between its trunk and its leaves. I thought Christmas lights could make the tree artificially think the sun was still out because of their brightness. This painting is a study into how energy begins to travel between the leaves on a tree and its trunk. The red outline of the tree trunk is a mixture of the lights around the tree energetically interacting with its trunk and the leaves themselves. This energetic exchange would be short lived but did provide the tree with a synthetic energy it didn’t absorb on its own throughout the day.
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