Twisted old tree

This month I want to share two interpretations of the same image, a twisted old tree on a stone wall. Each having a totally different feel. I love the symbiotic relationship between the old stone wall and the long dead tree that is still hanging on. What do you see? How do they make you feel?

twisted old tree

twisted old tree

A few days ago while looking thru the Wisdom book by Andrew Zuckerman I came across this quote by Chuck Close.

It’s much easier to be an artist where people think the making of art is a good thing and where other practitioners are around. I make work for other people to look at. I don’t do it for therapy; I go to therapy for therapy. I love what I do, and no one enjoys what he or she does every day more than I do. I love to paint. But if I were on a desert island, I would not be one of those artists who poked a hole in his arm with a stick and drew in blood on the back of a leaf, if there’s nobody there to look at it, I don’t think I’m going to make it….

More to come, thanks..
Michael

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  1. Thank you for the invitation to look closer. I see a being struggling to hang on and/or climb up the wall. Good eye.

    Regarding the quote by Chuck Close about doing art for someone else’s enjoyment or for therapy I have mixed feelings about that. Creativity in all it’s forms is a gift we give ourselves and if others get to enjoy it, so be it. Having someone receive the gift is a bonus AND if they receive a release of emotion while creating that is a double bonus. I have experienced the gift of using art as a way of getting blocked or hidden emotions moving so they could come to the surface to be healed. I had no intent of doing art for anyone but me.

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