Thursday, August 25, 2011


Garden of Memories. Beautiful lithograph by Egidijus Rudinskas. Please click here for enlarged image and here for more about Rudinskas

A Dream of Trees by Mary Oliver

"There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
A quiet house, some green and modest acres
A little way from every troubling town,
A little way from factories, schools, laments.
I would have time, I thought, and time to spare,
With only streams and birds for company,
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death,
A little way away from everywhere.

There is a thing in me still dreams of trees,
But let it go. Homesick for moderation,
Half the world's artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him tell it.
Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation
Where, as the times implore our true involvement,
The blades of every crisis point the way.

I would it were not so, but it is.
Who ever made music of a mild day?" - Mary Oliver

Brainwave. Mixed Media Collage by Wen Redmond. See website here.

Mixed Media piece by Lynnette Miller. See Tumblr blog here and other blog here.

Growing in the Dark. Mixed media on paper by Jeane Myers. See website here.

Tendrils of Time. Photo-Surrealism by Michael Ticcino. See Flickr photo stream here.

Sophie Munns is an artist of seeds, leaves and anything pertaining to plants. This piece glows! See more of Sophie's work here and here.

Music and Nature by Donna Malone. See Flickr photo stream here.

Blue Trees in the Afternoon by Ken Swinson. See more of Ken's work here.

Memories of Trees by Robyn Gordon. Website here.

The Most Awkward Dance by Marcella Anna Stasa. See more of Anna's quirky sculptures, here.

Art in Nature by Rumen (Popa) Dimitrov. See more sculpture here.

Art in Nature by Rumen (Popa) Dimitrov . See more art here.

"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. " - Hermann Hesse

Just over 6 months before Seth Apter's book is out ! At last his hard work is coming to fruition and I am so chuffed to be in it!


  1. Oh Robyn I love this post so, I love the art and the poem and the Hesse quote, I am a tree hugger from way back and I think a few trees have saved my life when I was younger and needed comfort.
    Thank you for this and kisses to Digby. xoxo

  2. Hi Annie, I've known a few comforting trees myself :-)
    Digby is doing so well. It must be all the kisses you send!

  3. I've always called the special trees in my life Druid Trees, probably because important trees feel sacred. Lots of Druid Trees here. A beautiful and moving selection!

  4. Robyn, thank you so much for including my work in this wonderful post - the first image just knocked me out!! the Hesse quote, fabulous xo

  5. Beautiful post, Robyn . . one of my favorites is "Brainwaves" . . all are wonderful.

  6. Robyn, thank you for another collection of amazing art and artists. Looks like I'll be here a while instead of in my studio!

  7. the rudinskas' piece and yours... i *love* your trees. they embody the spirit of a tree perfectly to me...

    and yes, the hesse quote. one of my favs, and i could read it over and over.


  8. Where would we be without trees? Love Wen's work & your beautiful memory tree girl.

  9. Your post made me smile - what a lovely subject matter :) Gorgeous artwork - the lithograph is stunning... and Hesse, I adore.

    :) :) :)
    xx V.

  10. I'm in complete agreement with Hesse
    That last image is sublime

  11. So much to see and read. Wonderful, deep posts. I have to carve out time to take it all in. I identify with your work!

  12. Oh what treasures Robyn!
    .... something I will be linking to on the homage blog for sure! To be included ... I'm touched and delighted!
    Found this image by Lynette Miller just yesterday on tumblr.
    Jeanne's growing in the dark is so evocative ...
    for me seeds contain almost a magic force that they can grow into the mightiest of trees... or simply become something so unique!
    and yes... the Hesse quote... loved it all!

  13. Wonderful post. Its gives me ideas....'of trees'

  14. As I type this, the eucalyptus trees outside are rustling in the morning breeze.
    Thankyou for this and the poem.

  15. Trees are some of my favorite people. I like your sculpture best. She looks so proud of her family.

  16. Your blog is Like a rest under a green tree.
    I honored to be included here!

  17. Thanks again for so much inspiration. So much of my art is influenced by trees and nature but almost through psychedelic eyes in my lollipop trees and poppy seed heads.

  18. The first image is simply stunning, it has a 3D quality to it which is amazing and the poem ( that's what it is isn't it?) which follows the first image - is it yours? Very moving.

  19. Embelisher, Thank goodness you mentioned the poem! I can't believe I left out the poet's name. It is by Mary Oliver, one of my favourite poets. I wouldn't dream of trying my hand at poetry after my clumsy efforts at school but I do love to read it.

  20. Few things are more profound -- and yet so matter of factly stated -- as a Mary Oliver poem.

    I love Swinson's blue trees.
    We're battening down here (New York, but the whole eastern coast of the US) in anticipation of a hurricane over the weekend and I fear for the trees.

  21. je me suis perdue dans tout ces sites..à presque oublier de laisser un commentaire..bref c'est comme toujours un régal!

  22. R-ahh! Where would we be without the breath, shape and images of trees. B

  23. Great eye candy as usual. All are amazing and the lithograph on the top is absolutely stunning.
    Thanks for so much inspiration, Robyn!

  24. Again such wonderful inspirational artworks. Trees, memories, nature, sanctuaries - each term is evoquing a wealth of associations. I particularly like the collage/assemblage of Wen Redmond - and your beautiful sculpture "Memories of Trees"!

  25. I am so pleased to see your work here Robyn - l.o.v.e. Memories of Trees. We have a great big cedar tree down by the creek. I think of her as The Grandmother. Thank you for another fabulous posy. I like the way your mind finds connections between things.

  26. Every word, every image speaks to my heart...this is a post to long remember...thank you!

  27. Who doesn't have an affinity with tree?! Another beautiful collection - yours is just perfect there! Can't wait to explore the links. LOL - you won't believe the word verification...WOODIE!!!

  28. You have introduced me to so much beautiful art with wood (tumblr). After I clicked the "publish" button, I realized I hadn't mentioned your stunning work! You're another artist I wish I could be a fly on the wall of your work area!

  29. Laura, I like that.... Druid Trees. I've always thought of oak trees as sacred for some reason.

    Jeane, thank YOU! Yes, the lithograph by Rudinskas must be wonderful to see in person. I'm sure we miss a lot of detail when looking at this image.

    Jann, they are all beautiful images aren't they?! How lucky we are to have the internet.

    Kim, I hope that by the time you get to the studio you will be very inspired :-)

    Lynne, ....they embody the spirit of a tree .... that makes me very happy!

    Thanks Emma, ....indeed, the world would be a very sad place without trees.

    Valonia, keep smiling :-)

    Hi India, there's a close up of Popa's tree if you follow the link. It made quite an impression on me when I found the image.

    Robin, thank you!

    Sophie, a post about trees would be very strange without a Sophie Munns image and Thank YOU so much for all the fanfair about ArtPropelled on your blogs.

    Jackie, I will be checking up on you to see where the ideas take you :-)

    HHnB, mmmm ... the scent of eucalyptus leaves on the breeze...wonderful!

    Lisa at G, thanks so much. Over the years when looking at houses on the market I'm always drawn to the trees first.

    Wen, a rest under a green tree sounds good enough for me! Thank you.

    Ro, I can't help smiling when I see your cheerful lollipop trees.

  30. Melanie, that's what I love about Mary Oliver's poetry. They flow so naturally like a conversation or trend of thought. I hope you are safe! Our local newspaper had an article about New York battening down the hatches, on the front page.

    Elfi, now I am thinking about the amazing trees that you paint...

    Barry, exactly! Where would we be?!

    Gaby, the lithograph has given me many moments of joy. Every time I look at it I am amazed.

    Thanks Sue, so many memories of trees.... How many of us have climbed trees and made houses or nests in or under a tree during childhood?

    Leslie thank you.... I so enjoyed your new post today. It has given me a lot of food for thought.

    Mary Ann, a lovely thing to say...thank you!

    Caroline, it's quite weird how the perfect word verification will pop up.

    Thanks Jann, I think you might be disappointed to be a fly on the wall :-)

  31. I guess the fun bit is following your tumblr, so I get a sneak preview of all the goodies.

    I LOVVVEEEEE this Marcella woman... linky love here.

  32. Ah, some of my best friends are trees! Thanks for the wonderful links; Rudinskas is wonderful, as is your piece. That piece by Sophie is spectacular. The rest I must investigate more closely! Big congrats to you for getting into Seth's book- can't wait for to see what you did!

  33. this is just great. the first and the last images are even better.

  34. Dear sweet Robyn...just the thing I needed this morning!!! I just adore that Mary Oliver poem! It feeds my soul I tell you. I love and adore trees...their quiet wisdom encourages and inspires me. Total tree hugger here! My very fave piece of the post...YOURS! I love the way you melded the figure with the tree...
    Oh!! You are going to be in that book on Mixed Media artists???Have to pick it up when it comes out!! How exciting!!
    I have been a bit overwhelmed over here Robyn...and have had a difficult time keeping up with...everything. Tara is just growing so fast...I can't keep up:) xxx

  35. Congratulations Robyn! Your piece is superb. I must get myself a copy of the book when it comes out. I'm so excited for my parcel!!!!

  36. Trees are one of my favorite subject matter, Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets and you always find such diverse and unique and creative artists.. and congrats on the Seth Apter book inclusion!

  37. Congratulations, Robyn! This is wonderful news! I am very excited for you. Can't wait to see the book!

    Hugs, Gaby

  38. You find the most stunning pieces to showcase. I have a huge thing for trees and I just love that poem. Congrats on being in Seth's book, I was excited to make it in too. Can't wait to see the finished version when it comes out next year.

  39. Dear Robyn, what I love the very most here, is your carving, Memories of Trees, and the way you snuck it in, I smiled when I saw it! And Mary Oliver and Herman Hesse. I used to go off to hide and read his books during my first year of college.
    Trees, simple or complex in structure, delicate or fiercely strong. I love them too!

  40. Grrl, Marcella's work is wonderfully quirky. No wonder you love it! Your work and your blog have the quirkiness that keeps me interested in what you do.

    Sharmon, I sketched my ideas for the book over a year ago so now I am ready to gallop to publication date. It is all very exciting!

    Thanks Velma.

    Soraya, hope you are feeling less rushed off your feet. All the chasing after Tara is keeping you as slim as a pin :-)

    Kim :-) Let me know when it arrives.

    Donna, Mary Oliver certainly has a way with words doesn't she?!

    Gaby, thank you so much!

    Dyche Designs, not too long to wait :-)

    Roxanne, ....snuck it in :-)

  41. amazing art you have shared with us! Congratulations on being part of Seth's book, that is fantastic and well deserved!

  42. The imagery of trees is so unique yet so universal. I love the ideas of seeds and their potential. All of this makes for lovely browsing, reading and pondering - thank you!

  43. It is always so fascinating to see how different artists use the same material and end up with such a vast variety as a result. Another wonderful post. And I am equally chuffed that you are in the book!

  44. Amazing pieces, I love to see how different artist take inspiration from the same sources. That is one of my favorite things about art - to see how different people interpret the world around them, and how they react.