Symbiosis is a much higher reflection of intelligent life – Frederick Lenz
Symbiotic or parasitic?
Our natural world functions in a symbiotic relationship. Plants and animals when not interfered with will generally find a way to co-operate, so that each benefits.
Balance and harmony is vital for the well being of all life, including our own.
While painting this ornamental tree with its vibrant green and yellow leaves, I noticed that it was filling up with little birds.
The Chickadee’s, who are usually residents of the larger trees and hedges around town have moved in. They too have been displaced by development that is paving us into a concrete jungle.
The names that are given to these new apartment buildings can be amusing, such as “The Green” with its sales office painted in green while every tree, shrub and blade of grass is carefully removed from the vicinity including the sidewalks.
Maybe I should have called this painting the refugee tree.
“The actual trouble is that profit is identified entirely with money, as distinct from the real profit of living with dignity and elegance in beautiful surroundings.” ~Does it Matter – Alan Watts.
“The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Every artist has a critic – how often have you heard,”what is that supposed to be”?
While working on the hummingbird painting this fellow and his extended family kept perching on my easel. Their running commentary about my art work and the direction the painting was taking was a strong reminder of art critics the world over!
In summer I find it nearly impossible to work indoors and am fortunate to have a corner in the back yard to place my easel. It resembles working in a busy airport with constant bird and squirrel traffic.
Hummingbirds are one of the most delightful visitors and can be fairly inquisitive, but no birds are bolder than the Stellar’s Jay.
The element of air, the breath of life itself – out of this all things emerge.
Hummingbirds emerge from the field of infinite possibilities, they come and go in the blink of an eye!
Feisty and tenacious, covering vast distances, these little creatures are magical and very special. First the iridescent sparkle on their feathers then the determined buzz around your head when you approach their territory. Here is a creature who does not back down.
Changing direction in an instant like dolphins of the air, there is a playful quality to them. That playfulness hides a tenacious, powerful being that can fly more than 1300 miles without stopping.
Myths and legends abound around these birds and yet we continue to destroy their food sources and nesting sites. Their nests are so tiny that it is wise not to cut or trim shrubs and hedges in spring and early summer when they nest.
As a symbol of regeneration – the lesson we can learn from hummingbird is to be adaptable and strong as we seek to regenerate our lives and our world.
Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in Nature’s warm heart.
– My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) chapter 10. – John Muir
Each of my paintings take on a life force of their own and tend to flow in the direction that they want…
While I was working on this painting, it became clear that the rocks were going in a direction of their own. Some find this image creepy and it could be the that the very stillness is jarring to our busy mindset.
When we think of sacred spaces, temples, churches and stone circles like Stonehenge come to mind. Man made and amplifying the raw energy of a particular area.
All life forms are made up of the same minerals found in the rocks and stones of the earth. This is one of those places where the rocks sing.
We can be affected by an area and some places cause discomfort as they alter our mood. Seek places that make you feel good and energised whenever possible.