The Wisdom of Trees by moontoefairy
"The Wisdom of Trees" Graphite 9" x 12"
Trees begin their long lives smooth of bark with no discernible features. Only after many, many cycles of seasons when the tree begin to develop a very thick skin does anything resembling a face begin to emerge. There's a reason for this. Only when a tree has achieved a ripe old age has it observed, felt and understood the ephemeral, changing but eternal nature of life has it gained the necessary experience to speak the wisdom that the very young, and truth be told the not so young, need and long to hear. A wizened face voice emerges from the gnarly trunk of the tree and is then the tree is available for consultation.
If you've ever sought out a very old tree and asked a question you know that it takes along time to get an answer,... if at all. There a few reasons for this. The first is that tree knows very well from having observed you since you were an acorn, that you know the answer already and are either too lazy to dig out the answer or you don't believe enough in yourself to accept that what you know is the correct answer. Second a tree might not answer because it knows that you aren't ready or you won't accept its advice and wisdom (because you rarely do). And lastly and this is very often true, you simply haven't give the old tree time enough to deliberate and decide what is the best recourse it should give you. So as another great wise teacher has said...patience grasshopper,... patience. All things come forth in time.