Saprophyte City

click to view a larger image

Saprophyte City

tree fungus community on a dying birch tree
Acrylic on canvas, 34 1/2 x 28 in. (2006)

Something of an expansion on an earlier work (Saprophyte), this is a looking-upward view of tree fungii festooning a dying White Birch tree, or at least dying the sense that all of the leaves and small branches are gone. That can't be good for trees.

Of interest perhaps, is that there are appear to be four stages to the life of a tree: the young tree growing, the mature fully grown tree, the dead but still standing tree, and the fallen tree. All in all, trees are around for perhaps hundreds of years, a self-monument, and home and succor for many beings and beasts of our world as their host crumbles into dust.

Please do not reproduce the images in this display.
Contact Douglas Laing Arts & Letters for further information.
P.O. Box 659, Winchester, Ontario. K0C 2K0   613-774-5180
e-mail Click to send me an e-mail about the painting Saprophyte City.
© 2012 Douglas Laing