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01 GEOGRAPHIC TREE OF LIFE P4210306 GRANDFATHER CEVALLOS CEIBO

“Abuelito Ceibo” The Grandfather Tree Still Stands – One block from the center of Jama Ecuador

“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. .” — John Muir

Thank you for your positive feedback on the post, In Celebration of Trees!   The tree theme continues with a rollback to last March when my friend Barbara helped with improving the trails. We selected many nature-related quotes then had fun painting signs on rainy days.

Here are photos from last year’s signs:

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Shhhhh! Don’t wake the duendes!  To learn more about duendes, go here:  Frigates of Isla Corazon

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For the Trails! (Acrylic on old board – words are below)

“Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.” – Constance Barrett Sohodski

Barbara/aka Hummingbird not only helped with painting signs; she also helped transform some of the trails.

We pulled grass and pulled grass and pulled grass…

But the efforts were rewarding!

Painted by Barbara!

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2-Cans

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Before selecting a board for the John Muir quote, I tossed around ideas for illustrating the message then decided that a board was too small.  It deserved to be a more-serious work of art.

The first idea made me smile, yet it seemed too busy…

This one worked better, yet it seemed too chunky.

The sketch on the right came next, and then another …

After this one, the entire series stayed in suspension until I recently uncovered the sketches in a box of misc art supplies!

Now it’s time to move forward.  Although I’d like to paint this in a really large format, it will be a mid-sized painting that might prompt a larger version…

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Guava tree limbs

I visualized a Guava tree with its sturdy antler-like limbs as a model, but the Ceibo trees spoke loudest.  They personify a highly-intelligent being, capable of  the entire range of emotions and the ablility to pull up roots and dash for safety!

From the bus near Manta Ecuador

Between Manta and Portoviejo

An older sketch

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A painting for Sarah Dettman’s Coffee Shop in Urcuqui

With swirls of images competing for the rights to this painting,  my task was to reduce the image overload and start working.  It’s a little like cramming for a test and sharpening the pencil just before the teacher says, “You may begin.”

There are many ways to tune out distractions.   I’ve been drawing and painting for so long, that all it takes is to pick up pencil or paint brush, and in about five minutes, I am oblivious to the rest of the world.

Simple drawing exercises can help warm up the creative side of the brain, but there are other options.  Adrien Mauduit’s time-lapse video of Denmark’s stunning night sky has the power to cast a hypnotic spell on the viewer.   It put me into such a peaceful state that I selected ‘replay’ to prolong the magical spell!

To know more about the video, go to his website post March: A Night Sky full of Wonders.

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The tree theme is strong this week, and a very special story came out on the same day as In Celebration of Trees.   Enjoy this  post:   The Man Who Died & Came Back to Plant Trees.

Next week’s Timeout for Art will show how “The Tree” takes control of its destiny!

Z

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2-Cans & Barbara along trails…

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