This experience of changing houses has taught me one lesson among many:
Downsizing could be a scary experience, or be turned into taking the opportunity to change one's ways. Our past ways may be the most comfortable, but are not necessarily the best way!
This tree has so many roots! I just hate to think what all it would take with it, if it would be uprooted. When one pulls on one root, it effects other roots, and it effects the soil in which it has been planted in. Trees have roots and they have branches and leaves. Trees are like people. When they are uprooted, it almost always takes a time of adjustment.
Isn't this a symbol of what is happening, almost globally?
When a tree is uprooted it also changes the ways they used to give shade to the environment. Shade protects from being burned by the hot sun. Look how much shade this tree gives!
I know that people with doggies will like this pic:)
The meaning of these concepts were materialized in a small transparent watercolor on my watercolor bloc. While sipping coffee on a sunny day in a cafe, I muse that some deep philosophical truths are actually expressions in daily life.
The older I become, the more I leave behind those philosophical labels, so I can live life unhindered.
A great benefit of this approach is that it brings viewers closer to the meaning I intend to give a painting.
By now you probably know that I don't paint things because they are "pretty." They mean something to me. Some have deeper meanings than others.
To put all the attention on the roots, you can see that I took out all the irrelevant things of the background. Also, I accentuated the hilliness of the lawn, to give the impression of the stability and groundedness of the tree.
Now you have seen the pics above, you know that the shadows of the surrounding trees are not a figment of my imagination. It adds to a very lively scene, what could have been otherwise a boring scene and static painting.
PS it's really great to get back to blogging and doing Scribble Doodle Window - I have missed you all, but the boxes had to get below my eye-level!