It is the little things that seem to make up the best parts of our days. Moments with family, warm sunny spots, cozy times with a pet, tiny flowers. I am trying to remind myself to cherish those seemingly little things that add up to be the real and truly important things in my day-to-day life.
I created this piece with these thoughts in mind and I hope that they bring to mind your "little things" that are actually the important things.
The trees in the small Ontario town that I live in must learn to thrive throughout all four of our Canadian seasons from subzero to heatwaves, and everything in between. I'm in awe of their resilience, and how they can grow to tower above my head on my morning walks.
There is something about their gentle presence that reminds me to stay resilient and not give up, and it is my wish that these colourful Muskoka tree paintings do the same for you.
The crooked trees are the ones that always catch my eye.
They grow in unexpected ways but always towards the sun. You can tell that their growth journey hasn't always been easy by the strange directions some of the branches have taken. But that's what makes them interesting and beautiful. The imperfections, the uniqueness.
It wasn't lost on me the metaphors that could be made between trees and us as humans. I think that even when we face adversities and still forge on, that is when we become most beautiful. Our crookedness - ever reaching for the sun and refusing to stop blooming makes us who we are. This tree now has spring buds and I pass it most days when I drive my son to school, but I snapped this photo back in late winter because the crooked branches spoke to me in their "perfect, imperfection". My apologies for the cheesy song reference... but I do think he's onto something.
This group of trees "speaks" to me as I drive through my little town in Muskoka, Ontario every morning. Each tree is growing slightly differently, but still supporting each other, and reminds me of a sisterhood or tribe.
Let this painting remind you of your time in nature and your "tribe".