Coming Back to Center — The Tree as a Symbol in Art

 

Tree Book, Oil Transfer with Watercolor 2016, 12 inches x 9 inches
Tree Book, Oil Transfer with Watercolor 2016, 12 inches x 9 inches

While this week has been challenging for me (and many I know), I realize I had to pull back to take care of myself and take stock, especially during these uncertain times.

I was reminded of a project I did a few months ago where I chose to explore the tree as a symbol. I chose it for what it represents for me in terms of learning to be more grounded in the creative process and it was a challenge for me to get there initially, though I would have some moments of grace in between personal fires I had to deal with in my life at that time. This project helped me deal with the challenges in my life proactively.

treebook1During my initial exploration, I was reminded of what I had learned from the Four Fold Way program I did a few years ago with Angeles Arrien and how she would use the tree as a symbol. The roots representing the ancestors and the past, the trunk present work and branches the future and would have us do a standing meditation, an effective tool, which I incorporated while I did my initial sketches of trees.

She used remind us to be like a tree, well rooted and grounded and able to go with the flow, which is a challenge for me as I do tend to be in my head a lot and get pulled in many directions and allow myself to get overwhelmed, especially this week.

treebook2

During the project, I got caught up between the hurry, hurry energy of getting it done verses slowing down to appreciate the process, but once I committed to doing the meditation practice and slowing down it allowed me to be present and was much easier for me to find the patience within to draw and following through with the steps I needed to complete the book.

This has been a good life lesson for me that I need to come back to as I move forward.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Coming Back to Center — The Tree as a Symbol in Art

  1. Your trees are very lovely and I get a calming feeling from them. The right most tree in the first picture reminds me of a ballerina. Not sure if everyone can see that but I do!

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