About Tim

I’m a forester in Northern California.  I started my career in natural resources 1977.  I have done a great variety of different forestry jobs over the years.  It is an awesome career in which my desk is the hood of my truck and the trees in the forest are the walls of my office.

As an artist I started as most with a set of crayons, then as an adolescent my enjoyment of comic books increased my interest in creating art.  I tried watercolors as a teenager.  With no training my first few attempts looked more like acrylics, but over time with practice and study I improved.  I was drawn to watercolor because it is quick, bright, dynamic and full of surprises.  Watercolor is still my favorite artistic media followed closely by pen and ink and photography.  I have had the privilege of doing art for fun and profit and after three children’s books I feel I still have much work to do.

214 thoughts on “About Tim

  1. Hi!
    I finally had the time to stop by and will be here a LOT more…My son is a timber faller in Montana..I can read your posts a LOT more easily than I can ask him about some of the things he experiences…I’m a scardey-cat Mother

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  2. Hello Tim. I have a question for you. I am curious as to what you use to prevent flea and tick infestation?

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    • Hi JK. On our dogs we have used Frontline an Advantix. The Frontline didn’t seem to control the ticks as well. Right now we are trying a new product and I think iris called Simpleguard. It seems ok, but I have pulled a few ticks off of them. We’ll have to see how we’ll it works.

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    • Thank you so much for this kind award Marian. It is an honor coming from someone of your caliber. I have had to come to accept my failings in life and one of my failings is following through on the awards. I really am touched and appreciative, but I have given up. Thank you again

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  3. Hi Tim, I’m notifying you that I’ve nominated you and Mary (I’ve notified her) for this wonderful award. I immediately thought about you both and the magical world we are able to share through your blogs – from your family adventures to your creative art pieces. I’m excited to nominate you ~ congratulations! Please go to http://www.oilpastelsbymary.com for information. All my best ~ Mary

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    • Thank you so much Mary. I am honored. I am also really bad about doing the awards. I have come to accept my failings, so I have to tell you now I probably won’t get it done. However, I am touched and honored that you thought of me for this award. 🙂

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      • Hi Tim, I know and understand I’ve been really bad about staying up with the awards received during the first quarter of this year. So in my book it’s okay just to enjoy the Best Moments award and know it was done as a recognition for the good moments that you and Mary give to all us bloggers. Please don’t feel obligated, just enjoy and continue enriching our lives through your wonderful posts. Mary

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  4. Tim,
    I’m so glad the fire was able to be put out and everyone is okay. Do you own this mill? Is your home right next door? Awesome photos and sketch! It’s amazing that you could even think to photograph at a time like this. You must have kept a cool head.

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  5. Congratulations! You’ve been nominated as a VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER by Jadi at jadicampbell.wordpress.com. Go to her most recent post to see your nomination and learn about the award. THANK YOU for sharing your experiences and ideas with the blogosphere!

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and following! I have met you before through the backdoor so to speak – namely The Backdoor Artist! I am so impressed with all that y’all do. I’ll be back to visit some more, I’m sure!

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  7. Hi Tim,
    I love your blog and I appreciate that you follow mine too.

    Each month, I post a list of days to celebrate. There is a World Lumberjack Championship designation for July 25-27, 2013. Have you ever participated in it or other lumberjack events? Would you consider creating a guest blog post for me in July on this topic? If you cannot spare the time, do you have links to your blog posts that I could share on this topic? Please contact me at landersen74@yahoo.com to discuss it further. Thanks so much. I look forward to speaking with you about it.

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  8. Your kind of career was what I thought I wanted near the end of my high school years, but the N.Y.S. School of Forestry took a lokk at my math marks and suggested a two-year school. (I eventually got an M.S.E.—Biology, for whatever good that was….they needed math and chemistry when I was looking for a job…my two worse subjects…and Physics!) So…how much DID you need math? 🙂

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    • Hi Jonathan, thanks for the reblog. The math subjects that have been most important are statistics, geometry and trigonometry. If you get into forestry research, you need more some calculus and chemistry. Shame on them for telling you that. There is always a way to get it done if you really want it.

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  10. This is a really nice blog Tim. Coming the beautiful nature that you are surrounded with and showcasing your lovely drawings and paintings.I must say that coming from a city girl like me, living in a small city state, I really envy you. However, I hope to capture more of my city, and whatever nature is here, through drawing an painting. Look forward to more posts from you.

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  11. Hi, I also, even up till now, feel temptated to use watercolor in non – transparent way, just like acrylic, or rathet guache. I have to confess that bereaving watercolour it’s transparency and saturating it with colour is very pleasant 🙂

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  12. Hi Tim, you have a very nice blog. I enjoyed your water color painting on some of your posts. I like painting too, though with oils and occasionally water colors. I look forward to following your blog. Stay safe out there!

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  13. Great site! I will spend some time reading through your posts. Are you familiar with Mark Vander Meer’s work with soils in forestry? I really like his analysis of how to restore trodden areas in forests. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  14. As a result of being given awards, and not following them up, I have just done a post offering ‘bouquets’ rather than awards, and you are one of the people I have listed as being particularly inspiring, I love your gentle take on life, your warmth and sense of humour. You are obviously very content in your life, and it comes across. Happy New Year!

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  15. Greetings Tim! Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by on metiefly and thanks for creating such an awesome blog – theforestartist is a celebration of nature, beauty and respect – no surprise that it resonates with so many people around the world. Looking forward to your posts… metiefly

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  17. Tim, I have to ask. I live in the Pacific Northwest. Logging is not what it was when my grandfather did it. How do you reconcile loving the forests with clear cutting. I’ve lived all around it and it is the most devastating form of taking trees — and everything else in its wake. I cry every time I see yet another area simply gone, and they do not come back, very very rarely — I can’t even drive Highway 26 in Oregon in daylight. It is an open handed question, because I see loggers as destroyer now — and remember, my grandfather did it when it was a simpler job.

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    • Hi Katie, I appreciate the sincerity of your comment and I can tell you feel very strongly about this subject. I know many people feel exactly as you do. Looking at a clear-cut, you have to wonder how can there be anything redeemable about it. So why clearcut? The answers are complex. I started writing you on the subject and decided it is just to much for the comment section. This is more fitting for a blog post. Can I use your comment to open such a post? I believe many others would be interested in this topic. Then you can address anything you like in the comment section of that post. If that is agreeable I will make it my next Forestry Friday post. What say you?

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        • Not at all. It’s a post I’ve been planning to do, and I think you’re view is shared by a lot of folks. What you said is what many think, but may not be comfortable enough to say. That’s why I like you comment, because others will relate to it. I won’t get it done this Friday, but will shoot for next week. Thanks.

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  18. Here is a man you will want to follow: I’ve made a new friend, Richard Johnson (http://www.newsillustrator.com/). He is an Urban Sketcher, an artist, a husband, a dad, and a reporter for the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/drawing-dc-together/). I am awed at what he does, both where he does it and his fabulous drawings. He is an inspiration to me, and I pray for him every day. I highly suggest you click to see a few of his illustrations, stories — I am giving you a broad view. His writing is good and his drawing take you there. But before you do, go see the conditions in which he does some of these drawings (https://www.flickr.com/photos/84131556@N06/14963606310/). I WILL NEVER SAY I AM UNCOMFORTABLE DRAWING IN PUBLIC, EVER EVER.

    Also, you should join our facebook group: sketches only, journal/loose, no finished paintings, and a fun place to learn techniques and sahre with other artists. Actually, it is 90% of the reason I stay on the annoying platform. https://www.facebook.com/groups/artists.journal.workshop/

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  19. Tim,
    I love your blog. I am an Oregonian/Washingtonian and I can’t say enough about how I miss it! Your photos and art bring it back for me. Thank you for your posts. I’m a fan. 🙂

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  20. I was just browsing around tonight and stumbled on your blog and had to follow so I can see more of your art as it comes along. I like the background on your page too since I like walking in the woods. I am an artist myself, but only digital art, although I’ve tried painting with real paint, and some art with colored pencils and sharpie markers lol… but my favorite is digital art. Looking forward to seeing you in my wordpress reader.

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  21. So you must have the finest office in the world. We love the woods – well one of us more then the other 😊 if you know what I mean. Compliments on the arts attempt, not that I know much of it… to me it looks pretty good. Love the gallery with the Goldies…

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  22. Hi Tim…Your site is fabulous. I love your background and you are a very talented artist. Your pictures are amazing. I struggle to even draw a circle…so hats off to you and your great work. Thank you for dropping past and viewing my photos…and allowing me to find yours. Gave you a follow back as I will look forward to your posts in my reader. Take care 🙂

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  23. Hi Tim, thanks for stopping by at my blog and bringing your blog to my attention! Your art is amazing and I loved browsing around, you have a good place here! I look forward to more, cheers form Ohio, Johanna

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  24. Hi, Tim –
    Managing our base of ‘followers’ the other day, your ‘nick’ came up! It shows that you e3nlsted as a ‘follower’ to ‘SeeNorway’ one bright morning in December 2012, and since the we must have published more than 6000 ‘full screen’ pictures from Norway. Accordingly you should have been alerted automatically? But we can’t recall seeing nor hearing much from you lately.
    Checking you out, we find that you’re still active and kicking . . . 🙂 But perhaps our work doesn’t hold your interest the same way any longer?
    You might even been cancelling your ‘follow’ without the system alerting us to that? This to notfy you that we’re trying to implement an automatic delete of all nicks we haven’t registered over the last 12 months. This to prevent things getting out of hand.

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    • I understand. I’ve not been very active lately and have only checked the reader intermittently. I turn off all email notifications otherwise my mailbox is jammed. If I don’t catch the posts in the reader I don’t see them. Your blog is excellent as is the photography and I do enjoy it when I see it. I’m expect to be more involved in the future, but that will be down the road a ways.

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