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This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Blue Gum

This blue gum tree greets me every morning as I open my studio curtains. She is always there. She has always been there, for the past ten years. She's the one I sit and stare at when I'm pondering or deep in thought. I've watched her swaying in heavy winds, watched as limbs have broken off and watched as veld fires have swept her base.

She stands across the road from our property, probably about 20m tall and offers a safe haven for all the birds in the area. I've watched as baby crows have fledged from her branches and yet, I've never looked at her properly.

Today I decided to look at her, with new eyes, and paint her.

I think she's wonderful. 



  1. Oh Maree... your words and your painting this morning really touched my heart. I'm glad that you, too, see the individual personality of your trees. The colors in this piece are so lovely and your affection for "her" comes beaming through.

    1. Aaah, from one tree-lover to another, thank you for your lovely words Katherine! Trees are SO special, aren’t they? It fairly breaks my heart when I see one dying...

  2. you are soooo inspirational Maree. I love your art.

    1. Aaaah, thank you for your very heart-warming comment Diane!


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