the tree that was
When we first moved to where we live now .. I had a blank canvas to work with (landscape). I enjoy a white birch, so I planted a young 5 footer in a corner of our property… Every year i watched it grow and blossom into a beautiful graceful shade giving tree. Have you ever heard how a breeze can create the sweetest of sounds as it dances its way through the branches and leaves? It is the softest of whispers.
This is a water color done by the artist, Aud Rye called “The first Snowfall” (chrisbeckstudio.blogspot.com)
Artist love to paint, sculpt, photograph, landscape with it, it is a tree that has its own flair, and character.
Used in a garden or landscaped setting, the birch provides a contrast to the vivid color of the flowers, and/ or the many shades of green that are planted around it.
Even in the winter its sculpted beauty is a welcome sight,
We lost our birch to some kind of disease, for whatever reason, it just started fade, the leaves fell away, till eventually even the branches began to show their desire to move on, I was told nothing could be done. I had watched that tree grow from a young sapling to a princess, but one does have to let go and let nature do what it must. So… I cut it down so that only the stems remained and using sculpting materials, I used it as a base for the outdoor garden structure you see in the first photo.
For several more years .. it had a place of honor in the garden.. while its core disintegrated .. the weather meanwhile kept changing the face of the sculpture… with each passing season,I saw how the changing temperatures and many rain and snow storms took its toll.
Now in the garden we still have an arm of the tree here and there placed in different corners of the garden so that when I come across them I’m reminded of what was. To visitors they are whimsical pieces, faces emerging from the greenery, to me, they are part of all that I am.
Some of my pieces are posted on Pinterest, those that I still have, and some that of course I no longer have because they were sold or adopted,…. but always over the years, i get word, or a reminder, of another time and place in my life. Like today, when I got a notice that the above picture of my expression had been repinned twice. and liked.
When we do something, say something, we don’t always get immediate feedback, but know … please believe me… each and every thing we do… has a consequence. The timing may not be what you want or expect, but nature travels, works in its own way, Nature is always in motions, Nature/God is always with us.. we need only be aware and listen.
Enjoy each moment of your day, cherish the experience the adventure of life. Embrace your creativity. Life is Art.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
these pieces are in a Gallery I miss them
chicken wire, felted fabric,sculpting media,