I am administering a contest on fineartamerica.com called Red Tree. Fineartamerica members will submit artworks of a red tree in any wet media including oils, acrylic, watercolor, and more. I was inspired by my painting of a red tree called Fly Away With me. I was also inspired because of the symbolism that a Japanese maple tree holds. Interested in participating or voting for an image? Go to this link http://fineartamerica.com/contests/red-tree-.html?tab=overview First, second, and third place winners will be featured on this website on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 - 2:40 PM :o) Read about the symbolism of the Japanese Maple Tree below: Japanese maple trees have been considered a symbol of GRACE personified by many Asian cultures for hundreds of years. Associated with PEACE and SERENITY of the world's elements, Japanese maple trees represent BALANCE and practicality and are called 'kito' in the Japanese language, which means 'calm,' 'rest'