Painting — You can’t see the trees for the forest

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A little twist on the old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees”.  In my version you can’t see the trees for the forest.  My forest is a bit on the overcrowded side.  But in my backyard, the forest is overcrowded.  No maintenance is done on it so you really can’t see the trees for the forest and some of them are stunted as a result.  I read once there used to be huge trees approximately one to an acre and forests were wide open and inviting.  Might have been in the book “The Little Ice Age”, not sure, but the idea of an open forest with huge trees running through it stuck with me.  We all need some space don’t we?  I know I do.  What kind of forests are near you, if any at all?


acrylic paint, china black pencil, black sharpie


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  1. Love the gestural marks and expression in this.

  2. Love your colourful forest. We still have lots of forests near here, and I love to wander in them, and be among the trees. Have a lovely day, hugs, Valerie

  3. I love this enchanting forest dear Corinne – GREAT!

  4. can you say Gorgeous?!! Corrine your forest reminds me of your New England fall-withe leaves all aglow with yummy color!! Beautiful my friend! xoxo

  5. Like your forest better than mine ! we are surrounded by overly tall sycamores which shed bark and leaves all summer and those ugly puff balls in the late fall! guess I shouldn’t gripe at least we have trees for shade and for the birds!

  6. I love your colorful forest. I have a forest right outside by back porch. We live in an upstairs condo that faces the woods. It’s like living in a tree house!

  7. Love it Corrine……you definitely have Fall colors on the do i… 🙂 mine is more flat with some small rolling hills……..not much forest to speak of unless you travel 2 hours toward the beach or 2 hours to the mountains…….Around me is all agriculture…..Hugs! deb

  8. appears to be quite verdant growth there on your page. Here is thick third growth forest with lots of underbrush. It is hard to walk through and paths need constant up keep or they disappear.

  9. Corrine? Am I seeing a bit of structure in your art today? Even overcrowded, this is a beautiful and oh-so-colorful forest! How close am I to a forest? How about 12 feet from the end of my trailer! Lucky for us, there is lots of space between the trees so I can see the birds, chipmonks, squirrels, turkeys and even once a fox move about among them. It is wonderful to have such space and such a view!

  10. Your forerst looks wonderful Corrine, but I must admit I don`t like crowded forests , I feel so allone and gets scared not being able to find out again,lol…Yours seems rather happy, so I would not be scared here 🙂
    Near us ( 5 minutes walk ) is a little forest with a water stream running thrue , and this is what I found gogling which trees living there : ash, hornbeam, peak salary, alder and sessile, I hope they are translated to their real names . It is a beautiful and cozy tiny wood, leading to a small waterfall ,where the wood ends !
    Hugs to you, today 🙂

  11. I live in the NW, of course we have forests – mostly various evergreens with an occasional deciduous something-or-other thrown in. Mostly, it’s just GREEN! Usually not too overgrown though. I love your crowded forest…..everything about it! If that’s what your new view is going to inspire, we’re in for some treats!

  12. Fall’ish colors in that forest of yours. So pretty. You have so much outdoorsy time this summer.

  13. Love your forest brilliantly done

    Its my first time with Mix it Monthly so am learning from you all

  14. You’ve made a lovely happy forest, Corinne, with light and sun.

  15. Oh this pops out and sings! Beautiful, lively and full of energy, I love it! Outside my window I look upon the forest, the colours are still mainly green, but a few are starting to change and come Winter the branches are brown and twisted. I love their story as the seasons change, I’m blessed to live so near this green.

  16. My mind is boggled at the idea of one tree per acre… what a sight that would be! Love your page. We have loads of trees here but they’re walkable.

  17. Your forest looks very inviting to me 🙂 So light, color- and playful!!…I adore that yellow light ;)…and oh I wish I had some woods here around…I only can see acre and all those wineyards…I need my forests back!!!!! 😉 ah no, give me one of that incredible open forests you talk about, wuuhuu 😉

  18. Beautiful!! I like the bright colors of your trees. Since I live in the high desert there aren’t any forests close by. The closest thing would be the Joshua trees that are everywhere.

  19. Beautiful colorful wood, it shows vitality. Thanks for stopping at my Blog and your dear comment.
    Dear Greetings

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