|Matt's Fire Tree, part 2|
by Thorny Sterling
Then Thorny went back and did something really amazing with the original photo of the tree. He used a special filter in his digital painting program and painted the tree with little "flecks," which he described as "glitter." So he sent me the new painting which you see above. He said it wasn't meant to replace the original painting, but that it was just another interpretation of it.
I've always loved trees and have a huge collection on a disc as well as some framed ones hanging on different walls at home. Whenever I'm in a low mood or anxious about something, I like going through my Tree Collection and imagining being somewhere in the scene. It's like a form of meditation for me.
Sometimes I'll imagine myself on a leisurely hike with my head focused on the trail or the immediate surroundings, imagining bird sounds, and then look up and see the tree in the near distance and slowly walk closer to it.
But I also like to vary my meditation. Sometimes I imagine myself climbing the tree and sitting on one of the branches and taking in the scenery all around me.
This may sound a little "out there," but when I'm around trees -- either in the woods or in some scene I create in my imagination -- I feel a kind of pull. It's almost as if there's some kind of life-giving energy surrounding me that makes me feel calm and grounded and very much at peace.
With all the snow we've had this season, and all the stress associated with it (including dealing with a leak in the ceiling that came from all the snow and ice on the roof), I was going through my Tree Collection the other night. I spent some time imagining myself in the presence of the tree Thorny painted for me, Matt's Fire Tree, part 2.
See those sturdy branches in the lower part of the painting, as well and those a little higher up? I was there in my imagination the other night feeling the warm Spring breeze on my face. And those "flecks" Thorny used provide a luminosity to those glorious colors all around me.
I love how I can use my imagination to be in the midst of Springtime. And Matt's Fire Tree, part 2 takes me right there.