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Thinking back, something happened to me in those trees...
I felt the roots grow out of my feet, deep into the soil. My roots mingled with the ancients around me.
I felt their peace and calm and grounded spirit. I felt the light of their leaves touch my heart and embed a sense of contentment.
Together, these trees and I are going to make something transformative.
If not in my soul, then in the art I create!
(but I have a hunch it's both)
The trees and I have been thinking a lot about flowers.
Well, not flowers so much as what they represent - joy, beauty, renewal.
In the words of Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh...
“If you look deeply at a flower, at it’s beauty, you will see that there is also compost in it, made of garbage. The gardener had the skill to transform this garbage into compost, and with this compost, he made a flower grow.”
If you think of suffering - sadness, anger, frustration as garbage - you can transform it into compost, and from compost grows flowers and food and good things. That pain and suffering can become joy and and peace.
Nothing is permanent. If a seed was always a seed, it could never grow and turn into a flower.
Like the seed, our emotions are also transient and organic. Evil can be transformed into good and vice versa.
I made this wall piece as an homage to this idea... capturing the memory of flowers, of beauty, embedded in a bumpy present where we churn and transform into more joyful versions of ourselves.
A nod to the juicy inner world that lives within all of us.
You can see how I made this piece here - months of work distilled down to 3 minutes...
I'm not sure where the trees will take me next, but I have a feeling it's going to better than a kid in a candy store (or at least as good!).
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I am grateful for YOU! I feel lucky every day I get to spend in the studio, experimenting with materials, exploring new ideas, and creating art. But if it weren't for you, this work would just while away the time stuck in boxes on shelves. Share your gratitude and enter to win the perfect pearl earrings.
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