Tao Te Ching – Nine

Better stop short than fill to the brim.

Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.

Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.

Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.

Retire when the work is done.

This is the way to heaven.

LAO TSU

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The woodpecker tree. Mid winter, a tree dying but not dead. A call to plant trees. Knowing what to draw.

The drawing started more complex but rubbed out branches and two horses standing beneath it. Simplifying. Creating decay. Allowing space. These drawings take hours.

Heart shaped holes. Valentines day in February. A drawing for next years calendar.

And then more work on a painting already framed. The remains of the paint used in a quick 5 minute colour sketch of the remains of the day. Twilight sun reflecting from the roof of a red barn way off in the distance.

A breakthrough – inspired to do more quick landscape paintings.

A day with direction.

The Scots Pines in the background are some of the trees that have inspired my horse tree drawings and paintings.
Drawing inspired by this woodpecker eaten tree.
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