The year of revelations continues (see The 411) and the qualities of life during the creation of this painting helped me unearth and digest even more.
Once again, I feel the need to acknowledge with deep gratitude the gift of Kathy Taylor and her Center for Creative Development (aka Studio 6020). Tuesday’s class helped begin this piece, the “lesson” was to apply some heavy texture, which is present in the trunk of the tree.
I chose to work on trees as they have been a source of fascination for me, becoming the subject of some of my earliest pieces.
In addition, I had just participated in a meditation suggesting that if we want to remember what it is like to be “wild at heart”, we should begin by listening to the trees. This is not relegated to the woo-woo category any longer, with the practice of “Forest Bathing” now scientifically proven to improve your health.
There is also the growing awareness of “Earthing” and the rediscovery that having bare feet on Mother Earth brings our souls (and bodies) back to center. There are those that believe that the rubber soled shoes most of us wear the majority of the time disconnect us from the primordial pulse of the earth which our bodies seem to crave.
The light shining behind the tree trunk represents soul, Source Energy for me. The roots descend deeply into the earth, the trunk rises up, splits into a “V for Victory”, branches then reaching for the heavens, with light illuminating much of the tree. Another sweet remembrance of my Dad pops in as one of his favorite nicknames for me was “Fig Tree”.
Tangentially, life was offering me many “shituations”, ongoing kitty poop problems with a rescue, uninvited critters in my house, car repair issues, gallery conflicts, ginormous business decisions…what a gift to be able to return to my roots and rest on Holy Ground, reminded that taking time to rest quietly with Mother Earth (and the trees) can help restore the weariest, most frazzled soul.