The United States Arboretum has some very old trees. The oak tree in this painting is very large and old. Surrounded by crepe myrtles, the actual tree stands like a proud old man in a dense crowd.
I guess in my painting, though, it becomes a festive tree — almost the life of the vegetal party. The trees are ready to riot for joy. All the trees clap their hands. It’s a glad day.
And all the paths to lead to the big old tree. The bright yellow light takes you right to it.