The above painting was inspired by a poem and painting that Val Erde offered up to writers, photographers and artists here. Her poem is titled Tree. As I read it, much more came through for me than a singular tree. I thought about all trees. I then thought about us as many of the words she chose, in this poem, had a human quality and then an animal quality. At that point, it dawned on me that the feeling I had and thought was that of every living thing and what we face, this lifetime, this existence. I chose to begin abstractly and create a piece with no reference other than her poem and the things it spoke to me. I added rice papers and more color as I built my story of a lifetime here. When I scrolled furthur, I saw her digital painting that did have a humanesque form as well as a tree form and that was all she wrote. I was off and running. I don’t want to bore you with everything I thought as I created this as I believe an artform can mean many things more than what the artist is feeling. I will tell you that even the colors and shapes I chose spoke something of life here. I have titled this painting Renewal.
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