"Mother Nature's Son"

Alice McMahon

Galena, United States

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Inspired by the Beatles song of the same name.

My wish for the new year is that we all look at trees and the environment through the eyes of a child, and treat nature with more respect.

Born a poor young country boy, Mother natures son
All day long, I’m sittin singin songs for everyone

Sit beside a mountain stream, see her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies

Du du du du …

Find me in the field of grass, Mother natures son
Swaying dasies, sing a lazy song beneath the sun

~ The Beatles

This work has an environmentalist theme – my 14 year old son really is a tree hugger. Pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded paper, toned with watered down red acrylic paint. My goal was to keep much of the pink ground and make this more like an old master rendering on pink prepared paper. The figure is meant to be emerging in the light areas and receding in the dark on the flat pink paper plane. I like the pink with his skin tones and is to be a commentary about the end of innocence. I feel I only had minor success with this goal, and know I could have done a little less, but the completed work is a step in a new direction.

I decided to look up tree symbolism while I was painting some fallen leaves. The Maple tree symbolism is about 90% accurate to my son’s personality! I swear I never knew anything about tree symbolism before.

Maple Tree Symbolism:

Independent ~~ No ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respecting, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

Celtic: devination and love, happy tree, luring, bringing together

Maple wood can aid in success, wealth, prosperity, and money spells.

Maple wood is hard and fine-grained. All species of maple can be tapped for syrup, but the sugar maple was used most for this purpose. The Native Americans regarded the maple as a valuable resource, both for its wood and its sap.

Pastel on sanded paper. 72″ × 36″

My newest piece for The White Album series, titled “Mother Nature’s Son”. It has an environmental theme – my son is a tree hugger. It’s 6 ft tall and 3 ft wide. Pastel on Kitty Wallis sanded paper which was toned with watered down red acrylic paint. My goal was to keep much of the pink ground and make this more like an old master rendering on pink prepared paper. The figure is meant to be emerging in the light areas and receding in the dark on the flat pink paper plane. I like the pink with his skin tones and it seems to be a commentary about the end of innocence.

“Mom” is “carved” in a heart on the tree. My initials are my signature on the base of the trunk. This son really does have a special place in his heart for trees and Mother Nature. And Mom of course ;-)

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