Tree Spirit

Tree Spirit

She peers out of the wood grain, her eyes green like mid-summer leaves.  Her hair of bark and lichen also tints green.  Bark accents her chin and we’re captured by her beauty, by the gaze of the Tree Spirit.  She beckons us closer, closer, until we’re mesmerized into remembering all the gifts shared by our tree brothers and sisters.

Move away a little bit and you’ll see her entire essence, crafted so beautifully by local artist, Karen Milszeski:

Our Lady of the Forest

Our Lady of the Forest

We viewed some of Karen’s art today at our monthly Artist’s Way meeting.  Four of us meet faithfully every month (well, mostly faithfully, barring snowstorms and other diversions) to explore any possible inner blocks to our creativity and expression. 

Julia Cameron, author of the Artist’s Way book, believes we’re all artists.  We all have creative potential to express, to make art, to write, to paint, to draw, to sculpt…whatever!  Sometimes, in our living, our inner artist gets stifled, blocked or derailed.  The exercises in this book aim to awaken us to our full potential.  Today we discussed Chapter 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength.

Here’s another beauty by Karen created from first-cut wood.  Our hostess Catherine propped her up against the sauna for her photo shoot:

Notice the lovely cardinal she wears atop her head

Notice the lovely cardinal she wears atop her head

I am always drawn to the art forms which can be crafted out of nature.  They are some of the most lovely.  Simple ingredients like wood, sticks, rocks, bark, berries and other objects merge together to spark our imagination, to ignite the fire of our soul, to create awe and beauty.

And look at our Cardinal Queen’s expression close up:

What is she thinking?

What is she thinking?

After returning home from our delightful and meaningful meeting up in the hills of Herman, I still needed to spend more time outdoors.  The tractor motor hummed in the yard.  Something was afoot;  something looked like work. 

Sure enough.  Barry was ready to move his 24 foot 1976 Sea Ray boat from behind the garage to the front of the garage.  The logic behind that decision?  When it melts in the spring, the area behind the garage becomes soupy and wet.  Time to get the boat on more solid ground.

The boat’s a fixer-upper.  My husband loves fixer-upper projects.  (I might even hazard calling him an artist in design and implementation.) Since finishing the restoration of his 1949 Studebaker truck, he’s started in on this boat.  He’s planning on getting it in Lake Superior this summer in perfect seafaring condition.  Some of my outdoor adventures this summer will be aboard this craft.  Do you believe that?

Anyway, here’s the big move, captured digitally for your viewing pleasure:

Boat moving operation

Boat moving operation

My job:  making sure he didn’t hit the garage with the boat.  Hey, I could handle that today!  An easy outdoor assignment.   🙂

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