Sunday, August 29, 2010

Illustration Friday: Immovable

The more I thought about explaining this image, the more tangled my thoughts became. I thought about how these old trees seem immovable, and in someways they are. But this image comes from what is called a "fairy ring." The mother tree was felled and shipped up to help build San Francisco in the 1800's. Daughter trees then grew up around the stump. So while the tree itself was moved, the spirit of the forest remained immovable. For now.

So then I thought about how art is immovable, in that it is a captured moment in time. But as I worked on this image I moved it around (it is 18 x 24) to get to the edges. And I realised that while the image itself may be immovable, our perspective and point of view aren't static. This drawing looks just fine rotated 90 degrees.

Is the world then in constant flux? Was Einstein right--it is all relative?


barbara said...

I love trees. I love how a forest is immovable and alive at the same time. I like this painting very much, I like the colors, the perspective and the concept. Beautiful!

dosankodebbie said...

Fascinating perspective. I love forests!

woody said...

good perspective! I like the vertical direction, not sure why, it just feels right that way.

Linda Hensley said...

Interesting thoughts and interesting image!