Catlin Willmorth ---               TREES OF THE DRUIDS 

This gallery includes representations of various ways artists use the texture of mother natures bark and leaves, focused on painting mediums. You will also find that all of the trees in this gallery are some of the sacred trees of the ancient Druids. Some of the sacred trees are toxic internally; however, in this collection I have only included trees which are not only safe to consume, but also have healing herbal properties.

This piece shows a line of alder trees, in winter, with a small clearing which allows you to see the farm house in the background the visual depth is implied by the alder trees having an easier texture to see. Ancient Druids used alder tress a tea to stop internal bleeding and externally as a healing agent for open wounds.
This piece starts with well detailed poplar trees I can almost see the white papery bark peeling back on itself. We can really see how tall these towering poplar trees are by the proportion of the sheep on the forest floor. Ancient Druids used the bark of the poplar trees as a tea to cleanse the gallbladder, kidney and bladder.
This piece shows us two magnificent oak trees; however, the tree in the center is getting more sunlight which pulls your eyes to focus on it. When you look closely the texture of the leaves seems to have a variety; the leaves of the lit tree are more rounded lines; whereas, the tree in shadow has more sharp edges to the leaves. Ancient Druids used all parts of the oak tree as a tea for fevers, and as a salve to heal burns and sores.
This piece is focused on an extremely detailed birch tree, with the entire background being a dark green negative space. The texture of the bark gives a 3d shape to the space, and shows me how rough the bark looks versus how smooth the young branches are. Ancient Druids used birch leaf tea for mouth sores and to dissolve kidney stones. The bark was used externally for dry, itchy, and infected skin conditions.
The natural wild growth of heather is captured pristinely in this piece. The texture of the bark is easier to discern in the foreground, showing us the depth of the scene. The bark successfully implies the rough and flaky texture of the heather tree. Ancient Druids drank a tea of the heather flower to help fight fevers and colds. The heather flowers added to external salves helps with pain.
This piece shows a rather distant scene of some cows drinking from a calm stream in a small clearing of a pine forest. There is a bright light shining threw from behind the trees in the background straight to the small huddle of thirsty cattle. The proportion of the cows implies that the trees are gigantic, some of the tree trunks are larger than the cattle. Ancient Druids used pine needles and bark to brew a tea for coughs and colds.
The focus of this piece is the ash tree with leaves already changing for the fall season. The difficulty in seeing the texture of the tree implies its distance from us. The saturation and value of the colors implies the chilly bite in the air. Ancient Druids drank a brew of ash tree bark, leaves, and roots to cleanse the spleen, liver, and stomach.
This piece shows a rather analogously colored image of an apple tree bearing fruit. A pair of chickens are depicted under branches of the tree. The texture of the tree brings me to focus on the fruit of the tree, for the texture of the branches and leaves appears almost washed out compared to the apples. Ancient Druids ate raw apples for heathy gums. Raw apple cider is good for intestinal flora, especially to replace flora after taking antibiotics.
This piece shows us the edge of a lake with a beautiful willow tree reaching its branches into the water. There seems to be a well worn path along the outside of the lake and tree. The texture of the leaves on the branches is focused on the flow of the willow branches, rather than the shape of the actual leaves. The mirrored reflection of the willow branches on the lake implies how calm the lake is. Ancient Druids would make an extract of willow tree bark and inner bark for internal use to fight headaches and general pain anywhere on the body.
This piece focuses on the trunk of the trees, and the ivy which is over taking them. The pattern of the ivy leaves shows us how well it has been spreading. You will notice the tree trunks in the background are far less textured implying their distance, and showing us how far the ivy has spread. Ancient Druids considered ivy growing on a sacred tree a marking for a sacred or ancestral area. Ivy leaf and bark is used internally and externally to heal nerves, tendons, glands, ulcers, boils and abscesses.
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