Wednesday, June 16, 2010

new artwork




I finished the painting in the post below. At the moment it's titled Trees and Fairy Lights, for lack of a more imaginative name, and I like the way it looks in dim light best, as the little string of gold lights shine.
And another new artwork - this time the canvas being me. Just beginning... I have big plans for the growth of this little tree :)


Why a tree? I have thought about this a lot (it's my celebratory 40th birthday tattoo - 2 years late), as trees are a symbol I keep coming back to in my work. I have always loved trees, from an early age. Climbing them, enjoying their shade and shelter, their beauty and changing colours.
To me, trees represent growth, strength, wonder, shelter, home... and stability and change at the same time. The tree in a circle motif that I keep coming back is also about feeling a sense of self-containment and growth within. I have additions (colour, flying birds) coming that will help break the tree out of its little circle, and I'm finding now that I want to do it as soon as possible - it feels a little trapped there at the moment! The trees in my art are self-contained, but very much part of their environment, and hopefully that's what my tattoo tree will be when it's finished.
It was strange how, within a day or two of having the work done, I read this blog post - and it summed up to me so well what this little symbol is about. About growing within, but pushing against my perimeter. A reminder of the strength I already have, and the enormous potential for growth.

10 comments:

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Oh wow! I LOVE LOVE your tattoo!

And what a beautiful post! I love how you describe what trees mean to you! It is the same for me with birds. :)

Nic Hohn said...

OMGosh.... I LOVE your colours!!I has in heaven looking at your trees, then I got to your crochet.Double Heaven. Loretta truly beautiful, beautiful.

Flying Friend from Queensland.

Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

Hello fellow flyer! I am in love with that tattoo-it has just the right movement and potential to GROW! vERY POETIC! p.s. my 42nd bday is in 8 days-ROCK ON!

Gina said...

absolutely stunning work in colour! and one of the most beautiful tattoos I've seen..good on you :)

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

flew in from Kelly's class! Love your colors and trees (and your new tat!)

wonderful to meet you!

Cat

Michele said...

I'm also arriving from Kelly's class- I love the painting- love how it looks so textured! I thought it was a painting on felt! Love the cranes too...

jasperandblue said...

I came via Kelly's class too, beautiful trees and I love the fairy lights...
It will be interesting to see the tree grow

Kellie said...

What a great post - beautiful artwork on either end. Can't wait to see your tree leaf out and grow. Very cool.

RuffHaven said...

Love it ! I too am a fan of trees.

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