I spent 2 weeks painting blossoming almond trees some time ago… the result, as always with me, has nothing visibly to do with reality, but the fact is that I was there and looked at the trees and painted what I saw…
The blossoming almond trees are an unforgettable show here where I live in Spain. They already blossom in January, no need to wait until March or April to have a “spring” in one’s step. Anyway in Spain there is always something in bud… when it’s not the almond trees, then it’s the oranges trees, or the lemon trees, or the olive trees, or the electricity pylons, or even the bulls! This might be the reason why the Spaniards are hot stuff… they always have a spring in their step!
Looking at the almond trees, I noticed that most of them look like dancers! Well, some look like witches, above all when they stay in shade, but even then they look like dancing witches. One can see in the form of the trunks and the branches of these extremely expressive trees all the attitudes and gestures of classic and modern ballet dancers.
This made me wonder: have the first choreographers been inspired by trees, or is it simply a kind of natural law, that when you have something like a body and members, or trunks and branches, you simply take the same attitudes, being submitted to the same physical laws as for example, gravity?
And, last but not least, have a look at Susan Cornelis last Fantascape: it is… merveilleux!