Happy Trees: Liz Tran

12 Oct

Yes, I just quoted Bob Ross.  But the whimsical trees of Seattle artist Liz Tran are miles beyond Ross’s prosaic “happy trees”.  Tran’s trees practically shout with joy.

Encircle, mixed media on panel, 36x36

With her use of bright colors and whimsical patterns, these trunks and limbs capture the fun spirit of yarn-bombing in paint!

Winter Drop, mixed media on panel, 48x48

August Bloom, mixed media on panel, 36x24

These transporting works take me back to the feeling of being a kid, lying on my back in the grass and looking up into a canopy of trees with sunlight bursting through.  There is no other feeling more peaceful and happy.

Summer Stripes, mixed media on panel, 36x36

In a lesser hand, these candied conifers could turn a bit too sweet, but Liz gives them just the right modernity to keep up the fresh and contemporary feel.  To see more of Liz Tran’s creations, please visit her website.

Featured image is Traveling Two, mixed media on panel, 36×24.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

8 Responses to “Happy Trees: Liz Tran”

  1. m.a.tateishi October 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Liz is an amazing and inspiring artist that I’ve had the chance to meet, and I love the way that she creates her own colourful universe in painting as well as sculpture and video. I do think “happy” is a great word to describe that universe!

    • Lesley October 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      I hope to get the opportunity to meet her when I get back closer to the Seattle area. So glad you stopped by, M. A.! I took a peek at your website and am in love with your work!

      All the best,
      Lesley

      • m.a.tateishi October 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

        Thanks Lesley! I guess it’s not totally surprising, as I love many of the artists you’ve chosen and your interiors, so we may have similar tastes. I can hardly wait to get some free time to really explore your blog.

  2. delightfilledart February 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I love these even more than the sculptures. So fun!

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