Monday, 10 January 2011

Gateway to a New Year

North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre The Oak Tree Grey Towers Nunthorpe Cleveland UK Ingrid Sylvestre mixed media Durham artists UK North east
At last I am satisfied that I have finished my painting of the Oak Tree! (See earlier post for beginning of painting).

The Oak, symbol of strength and endurance, stands like a Guardian of the Forests, and I was interested to read that to the early Celts the Oak was a 'tree of doors believed to be a gateway to other worlds'.

I'm very rarely inspired to write poetry, but I felt moved to do so when looking at the finished painting and thinking about the significance to me of this particular tree, it's location, and the beginning of a New Year.

Ingrid Sylvestre