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Existentially Absurd

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Matia in Color.

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My story for issue 7 of Cartozia Tales is set in Matia, the Mother Wood on the western continent. If you’ve seen my paintings and my Lolly Poppet comic, you can probably tell that I like drawing trees. Though the panels in my Cartozia stories are usually quite small (like many of my Cartozia colleagues, I’ve been laying out the pages with 4 tiers so I can fit in as much story as possible), I wanted the tree in this panel to seem huge and expansive.

It’s design is based partly on the live oaks found in the southeastern U.S. Those trees grow huge, meandering branches that can arch down to the ground, descend into the soil, and re-emerge, as if they were trunks of separate trees. This panel is too small to capture that hugeness, but I tried to simulate it by extending the branches in the foreground to the bottom corners of the panel, as if they are extending toward the viewer.

The black and white version above is how the panel will appear in print (soon)! Just for fun, I made a color version to share online. (Because I’m excited that the mew issue will be in print soon. Soon!) Order yourself a subscription at Cartozia.com and our editor will mail you ALL THE ISSUES! That means you can get actual FUN mail that isn’t ads or bills! It’s a win!

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Deathtree

Ink & watercolor, spring 2014

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Trees + Dusk + Cat

This seems like a good picture for fall. Watercolor and ink. I painted it in September 2012.

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Curly tree with sunset

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Trees at Dusk

July 2012. A simple watercolor of trees silhouetted against the sunset. The cat was AZ’s suggestion.
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Hallo, Dear Moose Bear

This is a watercolor I did for the $99 sale at The Soap Factory. August, 2011.

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Hideaway in Deming Heights

One of the best things about parks in the Twin Cities is the presence of tiny doors for elves built into hollow spots at the bases of trees. They have hinges and latches, and when you open them, they reveal notes, toys, and other treasures people leave for the elves. There is one in Deming Heights park in Northeast Minneapolis, only a couple blocks from my house. The park is between the Audubon Park and Waite Park neighboorhoods, and is the highest point in Minneapolis.

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, done in June 2011. The central tree and door, as well as the strips at the bottom, are fabric sewn and glued onto the canvas. The doorknob is a bead. The hill is a piece of a plastic filter from a broken space heater.

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Jelly Tree

There is an oddly-shaped tree a couple miles from my house. It became the subject of some surreal landscapes. Acrylic on canvas, March 2011.

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Moon Tree

There is an oddly-shaped tree a couple miles from my house. It became the subject of some surreal landscapes. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, March 2011. I stitched fabric and feathers to the canvas to form the black hills at the bottom.

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Treebagged

There is an oddly-shaped tree a couple miles from my house. The top curves like a C, and the branches stick out like arms. It became the subject of some surreal landscapes. Acrylic on canvas, March 2011.

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