There is no doubt I love paintings with trees and in particular, birch trees. I have 4 paintings in my home featuring birch trees!
I love the next original painting! It is 24″ x 48″ and is in the foyer, directly opposite the door to the dining room. Sadly, I cannot find this American artist’s info. It was purchased from e-Bay several years ago.
The next original painting is in my living room. It was painted by a Montreal based artist Tatiana Iliina Gooden. I have 2 of her paintings both of which I purchased on e-bay several years ago.
This next painting is in my office and it is a reproduction of a painting by another Canadian artist Lisa Audit.
Yes, I appear to have a thing for birch trees!
Just before Christmas, Toronto was hit with a terrible ice storm that left in it’s wake, much damage to the trees. Our end of the city seemed to have been particularly hit. Even now, after a month of clean up by the city, there are still piles of tree debris waiting to be picked up. The pictures below are a fair representation of the streets in my neighbourhood.
My Golden Doodle, Cody, loves to carry sticks. BIG STICKS! So for the past month, on our walks, if I spotted a nice straight piece of birch in a pile, I would let him carry it home. (That guy will carry a 4 foot branch of an hour if I let him!) We’ve ended up with quite a collection! But there were so many very nice, large, untrimmed pieces that were straight and white but we could not carry. Like a dumpster diver, I took my Rav4 and my SAW! and salvaged some great branches.
I wonder what the my neighbours thought about the crazy woman and her saw, cutting up branches in sub-zero temperatures. I am sorry to say, I have no pictures of my efforts but it must have been humourous!
So here is part of my collection.
Now, the question is what will I do with them?
So far, I have added a small display in my foyer, next to my favourite painting.
I am not sure about the container but it has been moved from somewhere else.
I also wish I could get some longer ones like the ones below
I would really like to find some fun things to do with birch branches that do not reflect winter or Christmas.
I did a quick search and came up with a few.
All of these are great ideas but I would LOVE to get your input.
Sadly none of the branches are more than 3 or 4 ft. long but I still believe there are lots of creative decorative pieces that could be made with my stash. (Hmmmm… maybe I should go on another field trip with my trusty saw!?)
I do like the idea of cutting some branches into disks and attaching them together to make some abstract wall art.
Do you love birch trees as much as I do?
Have you seen or created a really clever birch branch craft or art?
I would love to hear from you! Comments just make my day!
So many creations can be “Nicer Than New!”
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