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Animal Planet Blog: Behind the Scenes Treehouse Rehab

I hope you got a chance to see my treehouse on the Treehouse Masters TV show this month.  Pete Nelson, the Treehouse Master, did an excellent job giving my old painting studio a new look.   If you’re like me, you want to know all the details about how a project comes together.  The Animal Planet blogger and designer extraordinaire, Tory Jones, has provided all the info on how she updated our treehouse in the link below.  She included information on the lighting, blinds, paint, bedding and much more.  I enjoyed working with Tory because she’s amazingly talented and creative. She specializes in designing spaces, sourcing materials and installation  – all in a very limited amount of time!  Go Tory!

http://blogs.discovery.com/bites-animal-planet/2015/08/behind-the-scenes-treehouse-rehab.html

This is one of the paintings that was featured on the show.  My good friend, Sherry, sat for this portrait.  She’s from Texas.

portrait of woman in pink shawl with blue sky and desert background

Reverie, 20 x 16

 

Treehouse Masters – Reality TV Show, Here I Come!

My husband and I are soon to claim our 15 minutes of TV fame, tomorrow, Friday, August 7th at 10 pm when we aire on the Animal Planet’s show called Treehouse Masters!  We built one of Pete Nelson’s (star of the show) treehouses back in 2002, and I used it exclusively as my art studio.  After many years of “hanging in the trees” it needed some repairs.  Pete called us and asked us if we’d like to be part of the show while they do the repairs (and a little upgrade).  Of course, we said “YES!” and here we are!  My art work will be featured on the show, as Pete is one of my collectors.  Here are a couple of the paintings that were hanging in the treehouse when they filmed.  Watch the show tomorrow night and you might see them!

female with white hat, red scarf, pearl earring, brown hair, representational

Rachel, 17 x 12

Mt Rainier, dawn, pink sky, reflection, pond, evergreens, alpine trees

Mt. Rainier II, 24 x 24

Lolly’s Treehouse Studio

Treehouse in the snow built by Pete Nelson

 

Here’s a picture of my Fall City studio in the winter.   I walk out here every day to work, drawing and painting fifteen feet off the ground.  During a windstorm it feels like I’m in a boat that’s moored, rocking and swaying against the dock.  When it’s not breezy it’s only noticeable that I’m in a tree if I’m conscious of how special it is – which is pretty much all of the time.

What I’m struggling with is the light inside.  I designed it after a fire lookout, with wrap around windows.  The light comes inside from three directions, the east, north and west –  and that’s not necessarily good.  For painting, northern light is best, so I’m designing window coverings that help me control the high degree of reflective light going on.   Each window covering is a panel that attaches to the interior of the window pane with a spring-loaded curtain rod.  With rods at the top and the bottom of each panel to hold them in place, I can adjust from the top or the bottom, depending on where I want the light entering.  The question of the week is which fabric to use?  I’d love to find a thick linen-colored fabric that blocks the light but is still aesthetically pleasing.  Another option is using black-out fabric – not great to look and kind of plastic-like, but it does the trick.

By the way, if I haven’t mentioned this, my treehouse was built by Pete Nelson, Treehouse Master (as seen on the second season of “Treehouse Master”, the  TV show on Animal Planet).  Pete built this structure as his first Treehouse Workshop in 2002.   His students came from all over the world to take his class; together, they built the platform, the walls, the roof, etc., all in less than a week!  Look in Pete’s book, “Treehouses of the World”, for “Lolly’s Treehouse”, p. 42.   It’s pretty great to make fine art paintings in a rustic tree house!