Time Traveler – Painting Fall Trees

Travel isn’t always about where. It can be about when, as well.  Lord knows, I haven’t been much of anywhere lately, but I did go to when this past weekend, so I thought I would share.

It was fall 2007.   We had finished up the bulk of our townhouse remodel, minus the scary basement.

I was plum out of decorating projects, so I thought I would try something new.  I picked up one of those “how-to-paint” mini-books by Donna Dewberry. Have you heard of her? She developed a certain paint technique called “one-stroke” that has taught many a non-schooled painting enthusiasts how to actually paint something that is recognizable by the human eye.

Painting Fall Trees - StowandTellUI had been wanting to try to paint for sometime.  Somewhere along the way, I had also picked up a piece of old canvased art from a garage sale.  I was ready to go.


Painting Fall Trees - StowandTellUI gave the old painting a few coats of white paint, that is after I made sure it wasn’t a Rembrandt.  Then I followed Donna Dewberry’s technique for making trees.  Low and behold, I was now a painter.


Painting Fall Trees - StowandTellUAs I painted away, over several days, I thought,  “Wow, this technique really works!!  I think these actually look like trees.”  I was quite pleased, though not finished with this particular painting.

You see, it was right around this time that my mom started calling me more and more often.  She needed to talk; or would ask me to stop by;  run an errand; or go with her for a walk (that was here favorite).

The quality time with my mom became more and more frequent.

Her favorite past time of taking walks became mine, too. Often it was just a walk in the neighborhood, but our most coveted walks of all were those in the woods… in the Fall.

As  I drove about town this weekend, running my own errands, I watched as homeowners raked leaves into piles.  No sooner the piles were made, the leaves began to blow away again into the Autumn wind.

Painting Fall Trees - StowandTellUI smiled and thought of my mom.  I thought of this painting… and I thought of my mom.


Painting Fall Trees - StowandTellUThe painting never did get finished, but it hangs proudly on my wall each Fall.

To when have you traveled lately?

Donna Dewberry has plenty of YouTube tutorials, as well.   This is not a sponsored post, but if you have never painted and would like to try, here is one of her short videos to check out.

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9 Responses to Time Traveler – Painting Fall Trees

  1. Bliss November 13, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    When ever I read a post about a mother daughter, not only do I travel to my own mom, but I travel to the future and think of what I’ll be like with my own daughters.

  2. Mel November 14, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Oh Amy this is a beautiful post, so funny I have a Christmas craft that i do every year that takes me back to a kid at my nanas house 🙂 I just wrote the post this afternoon.

  3. Danni@SiloHillFarm November 14, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    What a lovely painting of some lovely memories! I have never tried my hand at painting, but you and Anne from Design Dreams by Anne, make me want to!

  4. heather f November 14, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Love this post. I love mother/daughter bonding time, and walks are the best. I think your picture is gorgeous just the way it is!

  5. Michael November 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Autumn was Mom’s favorite season that’s for sure!! Nicely done Amy!

  6. Thistle November 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Love the post and the quality time you get to spend with your mother!

    What a blessing!

  7. Doreen@househoneys November 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Amy, this was truly one of the best posts I’ve ever read. I love how that painting means so much to you.

    Many years ago I took a painting class and learned that all lines are either curved or straight and if we keep that in mind when drawing we can recreate anything.

  8. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage November 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    This makes me think of what things will be like when my girls are grown – where will we travel together – what exciting adventures will we share?!

  9. Anne November 25, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    It’s a beauty Amy! I love it! (and I can’t figure out why you’re not showing up in my feed – off to investigate!)

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