I’m Lichen These Branches! | PNW Art | Painting of Lichen on Trees | Columbia River Gorge

Here is “I’m Lichen These Branches!”

I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

This painting is a few years in the making: I’ve been planning to paint this amazing tree that I found along the Latourell Falls trail in the Columbia River Gorge on a past hike.

Artist in studio: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

On this stretch of trail, lichen covers almost every branch of every tree.

Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

On a sunny day, the entire forest is glowing with the delicate lichen in its shades of bright green picking up the light.

I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

It is like the forest is draped in living lace, sparkling like jewels in the shifting light.

Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Artist in studio: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

When you get to the falls at the end of this trail, the noise of the water is deafening and the mud is ankle-deep.

I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

When I looked up and saw this tree, it immediately made me happy, with its interestingly curved branches dancing up into the light of the sky, the lichen coating each branch as far as you can see.

Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The title of this artwork, “I’m Lichen These Branches!” is playful and funny, to make the fun energy of my memories of this adventure in the forest.

Artist with painting: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

The sky above this quirky tree is a backdrop of pure white sunlight.

Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee
Detail: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

It brings a feeling of summertime, green and vivid, exploding off the canvas as the curved branches reach out in all directions.

I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

It is a happy and energizing image.

Artist with painting: I’m Lichen These Branches! 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2022 Cedar Lee

Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the original or an art print of this image.

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