The lighter to darker shades and the use of the colors like blue and green evolves a vision that gives a watery impression to the eyes along with a motif, which places the piece of art close to the nature. Half twigged animals, especially the images of the ancient and extinct animals, add an extra surrealistic vision to the painting. The popping of sky blue colors in between and the thin lines of white and crystal images gives a feeling that the animals are made of some transparent elements. The trick of the art suggests many figures, which require a minute observation for the sake of actual comprehension. Only then can an observer identify the dual meaning of the images present within the figures, both virtually and literally (Art Heritage Program, “Vance Kirkland: 1904 – 1981 American Painter”).
The picture truly bears many traits, which make the name for the picture appropriate. The tree line is evident within the picture; it also denotes scanty vegetation as the tree has strong barks but less branches and leaves. The front lying long twigged creature that attracts the attention of the viewers at the outset resembles a human body. The other twigged creatures have resemblance to animals like goat, vulture and dragon maintaining similarity with fairy tale creatures. Also, a sense of diversity in ecology and nature can be traced in the picture where the leaves arising from the same bark at different twigs are different in shapes and sizes. The leaves of the tree bears different shades of green and yellow while the background of the tree bark laded with twigged creatures have a flowing water body and mountains. Both the mountain and the water body has a sky bluish tinge inherent within them but the shades of the mountain and water body, as physical feature, is strikingly different, which has enabled them to make themselves distinctive. The land is also mountainous and resembles miniature valley and highlands