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A Family Tree

from "the Gift Wrapped LIfe
I was given AS a Mother's Day gift!

A friend's children, all young adults,
 asked if I would paint a tree 
on the wall in their game-room
as a gift for their Mother on her special day. 

They had collected family photos,
both old and new,
and wanted to create a wall
similar to one she had seen on-line,
and admired.

Here's the inspiration shared with me.

source unknown

Because the family was large,
the tree needed to be large.
from floor to ceiling. 

Painter's tape helped plan
where the main branches would go.
And then I began to paint...
until the wall was filled.  

All the photos were framed in black,
which helped unify their various sizes and shapes.

We decided where the frames would go
by holding them up to the wall,
moving them a little to the left here
-- or a bit higher there.
Satisfied, the empty frame was nailed to the wall.

One by one the frames were filled with family photos,
and here's the happy result.

The tree spills across the entire wall
and wraps around the corner,
so as the family grows, there's room for more photos.

What a thoughtful gift,
for a very special Mother,
from her very special children!



  1. Wonderful job!! Much better than the inspiration photo!

  2. Great job! I am sure "Mom" will enjoy it.

  3. Hello and Thank you for this story. Your work looks absolutely fantastic, so much better than the inspiration photo. That lady is very lucky...

  4. So Beautiful, I love it!! Can you share the colors you used??

    1. Hi Patty,
      Glad you liked the family tree. It was a fun project do for a lovely family. I painted it with a variety of Liquitex Acrylic Paint (available at Michael's). The tree trunk is Burnt Umber & Raw Umber, while the leaves are mostly Hooker Green, watered down, mixed with a bit of Cadmium-Yellow, I think. I tend to mix colors as I go, so there's no recipe! If you want to paint your own tree, you can use any combination of colors that relate to nature. Best wishes!


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