Trees are hands-down my favorite thing to paint, so sometimes when I’m bored I’ll take a random scrap of paper and throw down a quick birch tree. Once you paint enough trees, you basically know what they look like and can do that. This one turned out unusually well so I decided to call it a real painting. I liked how the little tree was growing up next to the bigger one and made me think of the phrase “grow where you are planted,” hence the title.

This painting was done in the style of Indiana native Luke Buck, one of my absolute favorite watercolor artists. The drip down at the bottom and hard margin around the top half of the painting are signature elements of much of Buck’s work. Check out his art at 

  • Date: January 2015
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Dimensions: 7x15"
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