I wanted to do a madrone tree and a painted bunting so decided to combine these two beauties in one image, hence the title. I tried to find some madrone wood to do this one on but could not. Lyptus was the best substitute, looking much like madrone. It was only available in narrow boards so that presented a challenge for me compositionally. However, the shape served to add interest to the piece and I’m very pleased. Often what seems like problems end up being creative largess. The bunting is the most colorful native bird in the U.S. and the madrone is, arguably, the loveliest of trees. The two together are magical.
Original on Lyptus wood
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