Baobab Tree

So we moved into this house, fully furnished, with paintings like this everywhere that make me feel like I’m living in a nursing home:

We have things like this that my in-laws brought back from Africa:

Needless to say, the styles don’t really mesh, so I decided to paint something for the living room inspired by all of this African art, and I’ve been in love with the Baobab tree for forever.  The idea of an entire village being sheltered by one tree is just so cool.  Anyway, this is what I came up with:

If I were to do it over again, I would do the background first, rather than the tree, because it was a pain in the neck trying to paint the sky and sun behind all those spindly branches.  And also, my very best friend and talented artist pointed out that it would be more in keeping with the style if the path had solid lines, rather than blurry ones.

About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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3 Responses to Baobab Tree

  1. Ki says:

    It’s got utterly fabulous colors though.

  2. Colleen Wolak says:

    What would you charge for a replication of you Baobab painting? My brother and his fiance met in the Peace Corps (Africa) and the baobab has very special meaning to them – looking for a unique wedding gift. beautiful painting, by the way!

    • sappling says:

      I’m glad you like it, and it’s always nice to get a couple something other than holding hands art or a crockpot. The price of a print varies by size. The original is 2’x3′, and a print that size would be $200, plus shipping–and that itself would be costly because of the size. A 12″x18″ (half size) would $75 plus shipping, and 8″x10″ would be $30 plus shipping.

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