Arboreal Reflection #3

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 36x36 oil on panel

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 36×36 oil on panel

Octavio Paz opens his poem Between Going and Staying with the following – Between going and staying the day wavers, in love with its own transparency.

The way a pond reflects its surrounding woods can change by the minute, the hour, and the season.  Arboreal Reflection #3 is based on the reflections of a greening forest on a calm day. No ripples to disturb the clarity of tree trunks and branches mirrored in the water. The beginnings of flotsam (duckweed and pollen) produce a zig zag of pattern on the surface, which in turn is interrupted by the sheen of reflected sky. Everything  is reflected; this layering of experience and fact becomes a transparent whole that seems to transcend the intervals of minutes.

I often go back to my shelf of poetry books for inspiration. Details below. Enjoy.

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 - detail from lower right showing reflections, use of scraping out paint for tree branches

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 – detail from lower right showing reflections, use of scraping out paint for tree branches

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 - detail from lower left showing use of positive and negative shapes

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 – detail from lower left showing use of positive and negative shapes

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 - detail from right of center with tree reflections and floating vegetation

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 – detail from right of center with tree reflections and floating vegetation

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 - detail from middle left edge

TM8542 Arboreal Reflection #3 – detail from middle left edge

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5 thoughts on “Arboreal Reflection #3

  1. Beautiful. I would love to see it in person; the feeling of looking at this pond is pure nature, love it

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