Friday, September 4, 2009

Finished "Tree House"

This piece took a lot of time and thought to complete.

A big decision was whether to add leaves; and if so, what size to use. I finally settled on life size leaves, because the branches and acorns are
real. I tried a number of sizes, and settled on leaves that are about 2 1/2" long, including the stems.

The leaves are "silk". I removed the hideous plastic veins they came with, and replaced them with delicate wire, which both looked more natural and allowed me to shape the leaves as I wished.
The landscape is early fall, when most things are still green, and the leaves are just beginning to turn.
I originally intended to call this "Aloft", but thought "Tree House" was really more appropriate, especially since I had already used "Aloft" for another piece.


  1. Nell, it's gorgeous! I love the acorn cap landings and the minute ladders. The leaves look great - it looks just like one of the tiny saplings that grow under the oaks along the river near us. Would love to see the interior furnished.

  2. What a lovely piece. I have a soft spot for anything oak tree related, and this is just delightful! Love the tiny tree house and your choice of using full sized leaves only emphasizes its tinyness (is that a real word? lol) more.

  3. I keep looking at this picture...Amazing detail evrywhere you look. I love fall and the richness in nature that comes with it; stunning

  4. Your tree house is so amazing! I really love the way you've used natural materials and the full-size leaves work really, really well. Truly beautiful.