Psychedelic, "Grateful Dead" Trees - Revived!
We've seen Painted Castles, Painted City Blocks and even Painted Forests. Well, here is an artist with a truly unique subject: Curtis Killorn paints trees - dead trees - in all the colours of the rainbow:
(all images by Curtis Killorn, exclusively for Dark Roasted Blend)
Curtis tells us about his art: "I paint dead trees in bright colors in the mountains of Colorado as public art. These trees have been featured in many local and regional newspapers and magazines and have really taken on a life of their own. I am now receiving requests from the community to provide my work on their properties."
"Nature is already so beautiful and full of such depth and grace... and it is NOT my intention to mask or enhance it in any way. Much in the way that we paint each other's skin out in the desert, the intention is bring out the beauty which is already there."
"I have a "thing" for trees and see the relationship between humans and trees to be an ever evolving idea which continues to inspire. The trees that I paint are long dead and weathered by hundreds of years. What I do is bring "life" back to the tree in a completely new way. This tree which was once dead is now vibrantly alive to be noticed by all, no longer blending in with all the other dead trees."
(Artist Curtis Killorn in front of tree over the town of Salida, Colorado)
"It is this rebirth which I wish to impart to the participants. We as humans all have dreams, visions and ideas which for most of us are what make us uniquely who we are. It is those dreams, visions and ideas that we are to see in each other and breath back to life, no longer dead - and blending in with the other dead dreams we have stored in our lives."
This unique artist's motto is "Always Giving Gratitude". We find it significant that he finds hidden beauty even in dead trees - and brings it out in bright psychedelic colours!
(all images by Curtis Killorn, exclusively for Dark Roasted blend)
Another painted dead tree - this time at Mount Annan Botanical Gardens, close to Sydney, Australia (more info):
(images credit: Mike B., Visual Infinity)
Spot a dead tree sticking in your countryside like a sore thumb? Well, turn it into art - ask Curtis to paint it!