Saturday, February 12, 2011

by Claire Beadon Carnell

Oil  30 x 24

Last fall, I was painting at the historical Two Mile House,
which is in Carlisle, PA (and is owned by the Cumberland
County Historical Society).  I took a break to walk through the
wooded acres in the back of the property, and found these three
black locust growing up side by side, lifting their broken
limbs up to the heavens.  

I've always believed that no matter how hard life gets, regardless
of the challenges we must face, our faith will guide us through
 even the worst of times.  For me, this painting is an embodiment
 of that belief.

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Claire Beadon Carnell
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Pam Holnback said...

Great light and composition!

Pattie Wall said...

Hi Claire, beautiful piece - I love the perspective, you really told how tall they were. The bold colors make it so strong!

Diana Marshall said...

Beautiful painting, the colours, the composition, the atmosphere, love it!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

I believe our faith will get us thru too, as long as our faith is placed in the right place. I just love this painting! I love trees, so this is one of my favorites that you've done.

Sunny said...

Love this Claire, the colors, the perspective, the words, the revelation of it. Wonderful!

AutumnLeaves said...

Your words gave me goose bumps, Claire. This is beautiful and I'm glad my heart and head immediately knew where you were going here. I think this is an awesome piece and those feathery leaves are the umbrella that enfolds us when we walk in faith. Beautiful!

Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful perspective, both in painting and in words! How I love your description of this group growing side by side with broken limbs lifted to the heavens, I could not help but think of us/me planted and rooted in faith. At this size, this must be most impressive seen in person; very well done, Claire.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Pam.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Pattie! I really enjoyed painting the tree from this angle - had to think more about shapes and negative space than "tree".

Barbara said...

What a great painting! A beautiful manifestation of your faith.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Diana!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

How true, Kimberly. Thank you for your very kind comments!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks, Sunny. Trees hold a special place in my heart, so this was especially nice to paint.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Sherry. It means a lot to me that this has touched you, especially with all that you have been through this past year.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Angela, when I saw these trees, I was so impressed that they continued to push upward, even with all of the 'battle scars' and broken limbs - a true testament of faith. Thanks so much for your comments.

Dean H. said...

A very inspiring painting and accompanying commentary, Claire!
Also love your answer to Carol's ten minute challenge!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Dean!


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