charcoal on masonite (click on image to enlarge..twice to zoom)
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hello Dear Hearts..I am wishing you a safe holiday weekend. I am on Drayton Island again…we are working on the old house. It still amazes me that it’s 128 years old…spirits dwell in the house and on this land (quite an amazing history here..from an Indian village to plantations). Some day I will try to tell you more…the house used to be on the mainland but we had it brought over on a barge to save it.
I posted Wisdom of the Acorn some months ago…at the beginning of gypsy-heart when I was basically on here chatting with myself. eh,eh Anyway, tonight I was looking for a quote for something else when this quote appeared, and I knew it was what this piece was about. As I told you before, sometimes I don’t know what the meaning is until it is revealed to me…sometimes long after.
So here is the original post from last September:
“This is a piece that I did a few years ago… a miniature still life. It’s one of leaves with an acorn as the main subject. It remains in my possession, and it is another one that I will not sell.
It sums up how I feel about life…especially my own.
First, let me tell you about the piece. It’s 12″ x 12″ charcoal on gessoed masonite. I was in a class, and we were to do a still life (our choice of items). I didn’t want to select something from the same familiar still life materials in the studio so I walked outside. I was about to give up and return to the studio when I looked down and I saw my still life…like a little gift calling out to me.
Charcoal was my medium choice…I thought it only fitting to use something that is charred wood. Besides I have always loved the feel of charcoal in my fingers…no brushes separating us.
Such a small seed holding the beginnings, the blue prints if you will, of what can become a magnificant oak tree (or a thousand forests :). A tree that can far out live us. The secrets of life all summed up inside that little seed…from beginning to end. The answers revealed to those who discover the open door.
On the surface an acorn seems so different than you and me…yet we are much the same. We are of the same energy…and we have the same life cycle…birth…life…death…birth. There is so much more I could write about my acorn seed..but I will spare you. I will sum it up telling you why the little open heart door.. Like the acorn…we hold the secrets in our own hearts. If only, we allow it to open so we can look within~
Enough for now…just remember, I warned you that my mind tends to dwell in another place most of the time…usually within the lights and shadows among the trees…or in the face of a flower.”
Well, enough said for tonight..the quote fits…don’t you think? There is SO much in my heart tonight, but it will have to wait. For one thing..it is such a challenge to download a post here..I have been trying to get this to work for hours and it is long past midnight. So think of me this weekend, I will be ripping out old walls and ceilings. :O Just know this…
my heart is full of love…
~like a little acorn~
~like a thousand forests~
Ps If this damn thing will let me I promise to answer your comments from the last post soon..and I hope to visit you all again. You are all in my heart tonight! It takes forever to download if it does at all! :(