Life often moves in a spiral motion: I’ve been here before, haven’t you?
The view is a little bit different through today’s lens but what I see looks distinctly familiar.
It feels like no time passed, in so many senses, but the numbers tell me it’s approaching 10 years since I drew this.
I remember so vividly, when this drawing came through me. (Not to me, most definitely through me)
Have you had this happen too?
I had the strongest sense of just being a vehicle through which this drawing wanted to be made real. It could have been anyone.
Of everything I’ve ever drawn, I’ve felt the least able to claim this as ‘mine’. If anything, I am its.
I remember the day it happened, I remember the big pad of watercolor paper, the watercolor pencils and paints, the frenzy of leaves and curves and wispy bits.
I remember watching it happen in front of me: Connected, and separate. Both at once.
The drawing had its own spirit, and was not willing to stay on paper.
It wanted to grow, to have more color, more depth, more vibrancy. What It had me draw was only a skeleton.
it demanded scanning and tinkering, new layers of color, new detail.
Even all these years later, through it’s many incarnations and variations, it’s the most loved of all my drawings.
It’s me, and it isn’t me.
It’s an enigma.
It is, Tree of Life.
To celebrate 10 years of Tree of Life I’ve adapted it for printables, so it can manifest itself around the world.
Would you like to give this drawing a space in your world? It’s available from Society6 in many shapes and forms.
Notebooks for musings & doodles, lists & lyrics, poems & plans. Cases, covers & skins for phones/ ipods. Totes & zippy pouches for carrying important things around in! And more!
All these & more can be found at: society6.com/mixy
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