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24th December – Warning! Christmas Tree Cracker Jokes!

It was the Firs Noel –

‘Trees be with you, And also with you!’ said Firther Xmas to his wee elf, trying to think of a tree joke to enliven his Xmas cracker.

He’d been playing with his crackers all day and his hands had pins and needles. Firther Xmas was stumped. His crackers were a joke. Surely this was elemen-tree fun for an old hand!

‘Rudolph, how are we going to make this tired old tree stand upright?’ asked Firther Xmas.

‘Cover it in hornaments’ Rudolph quipped, giving his baubles a shake.

‘Fir he’s a jolly good fella!’ snorted Firther Xmas looking at the Claus in his contract.

‘It’s the last day before Xmas. I must finish this log today!’ he barked to his elf.

‘One tree-mendous pun and I’ll be there!’ he mumbled wondering if there was any mileage in a joke about coming from the North Pole?

Firther Xmas wished he was more like Spruce Willis. ‘There’s not much action in Xmas tree jokes.’ He looked ruefully at his crackers and wondered if he could finish now.

And with that Firther Xmas took off his Santa hat and put on his welly boots. He had lots of trees to plant this coming year and his tree jokes were making him green.

Merry Christmas and Trees on Earth!

May the Forest be With You!

Firther Xmas smiled to himself

‘I’ve still got it!’

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My apologies for the terrible jokes.

Thank you for following this advent blog. Have a good Xmas and creative New Year. Here’s to hoping that lots of lovely, life-giving, glorious hardwood and native trees get planted world-wide this coming year!

Much love Kirsten x

Advent Calendar – 17th December – The Language of Wolves

Wolves howl to display togetherness. Howls are among many vocal sounds canines make as any dog owner will know. My dog howls when the 1pm Thursday siren sounds at Carstairs State Hospital or if she hears bagpipes! Crazy Maisie!

The Romans and Saxons reported Britain to be abundant with wolves. Wolves are now extinct here due to deforestation and active hunting through the bounty system. The last wolf recorded was killed in the 14th century in Kent.

We know deforestation destroys species and yet world-wide we continue to chop down pristine forest wildernesses. When will it stop? How can we get it to stop? Someone told me the other day they hate trees because they make a mess! Such ignorance makes me want howl in despair!

My only solution is to aim to find ways to keep planting trees and hopefully encourage others to do so too and somehow educate the tree haters! If a drawing or a bit of writing resonates and this advent blog sees someone somewhere deciding to plant a tree or motivates a group to come together to create a community orchard or woodland, it will have been a good idea. Personally this advent calendar is further pointing me to in the direction of art for trees. Somehow….

Sorry to be a bit mournful today, I’ll aim to draw something cheery and festive for tomorrow.

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Advent Calendar – 16th December – Ding Dong!

‘The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness” John Muir

This cartoon of Ding Dong Merrily on High is inspired by the sparrows in my garden. The more trees we have, the more birds.

Though I am definitely not a musician I had to get the notes in the right place! Funny how the word ‘high’ is the lowest note!

‘Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky” Kalib Gibran

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Advent Calendar – 15th December – Baby Forests

Some paintings, like trees, take a long time to grow. ‘Cows at the Horse Trees’ is a learning curve painting and probably not done but has given me an idea…

Baby forests! Baby forests are like the woodlands planted to commemorate a persons life but even more positive! Let’s plant trees to celebrate new beginnings. Trees planted for each years crop of babies!

Baby forests could be a thing across the country, places to visit and see tree growth to help children understand and feel connected with the natural world and empowered by having a place in it, and of course have fun too. Forest schools with outdoor classrooms, as well as places of celebration for family tree planting ceremonies to welcome the new born child!

Average life expectancy in UK, trees and people –

Apple – 80 years

Oak – 350 years

Beech 180 – 200 years

Silver Birch – 150 years

Rowan – 120 years

Scots Pine – 300 years

Humans – 81 years

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Cows at the Horse Trees, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 cm

Advent Calendar – 13th December – We Tree Kings

Although a tad ‘bah-humbug’ re the extent of commercial Xmas trees chopped, as opposed to a sea-change in thinking towards planting hardwoods for Christmas, I do love the smell of pine and will cut a branch to bring in.

Pine is an amazing natural healer full of Vitamin C as well as antibacterial. If you have a cut Xmas tree here are three gifts from your tree…

  • When the needles drop, boil in water then strain to spray on counter tops and floors for a natural, lovely smelling anti-bacterial spray.
  • Pine needles make a good tea or tincture and are full of vitamin C. For tincture leave in vodka for a few weeks and add a few drops to water when you need a boost.
  • For a pine needle foot bath, steep the needles, then bathe feet for 20 minutes in the warm water. The anti-bacterial properties will help clear any fungal infection in the feet as well as being soothing self care over the holiday period.

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Advent Calendar – 5th December – Clyde Dryad

The Dryads of Greek mythology are tree guardians. Hamadryads, nymph spirits of oak and poplar trees, are connected with river-side trees and sacred groves. When a tree dies a Dryad dies.

By planting native trees we plant spirit back into the land. Cash crop mono-forestry plantations have little or no spirit and do not guardian the land – more a destructive army of regular uniformity… (I should have called this project art-vent rather than advent!)

Though Dryads are usually depicted as beautiful young woman, Clyde Dryad is an ancient, gnarled crone viewing the world with her beady eye … ‘It’s not too late! We are not all gone!’ she creaks to the tiny money spider.

Inspired by the oaks on the River Clyde Walkway.

Clyde Dryad, Mixed Media, 12 x 12 inches

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Advent Calendar – 11th December – The Embrace

Children hug trees. One girl stands beside a horse. ‘It is time to take action! We are ready!’ she says ‘ Show us the way!’ A prayer of sorts.

Fencing off areas within our horses fields to plant stands of trees is a gift to the future – trees to embrace and nurture the children and animals long after we are dead!

I am always moved to tears when I see people protesting about trees being cut down.

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Advent Calendar – 1st December – Creating The Christmas Forest

Traditionally advent was marked with a chalk line on the wall ticking off the days until Christmas. I am marking advent with art, probably drawings, for 24 days as, I hope, a way to bring in ‘the light’ of ideas and inspiration.

There is something about setting an intention and showing up that lets ideas start to flow. I love that Advent and Adventure are the same word from Latin ‘advenire’ arrive and ‘adventurous’ about to happen.

This is something I would love to see happen… Christmas Forests!

Watching thousands upon thousands of soil acidifying cut Christmas trees being transported up Lanark High Street (and this only a tiny fraction of cut Christmas trees this year in the UK alone) an idea came to mind that I hope this drawing captures.

I have drawn a sock hanging outside on a washing line. One for each member of a family. In each sock is a bare root hardwood or fruit tree ready for planting in The Christmas Forest which, in my imagination, are a future concepts across the country. A place where people meet up at Christmas to plant trees and celebrate life. Giving a tree for Christmas as the best pressie ever!

Perhaps a few enlightened farmers who grow cash crop Xmas trees will see a Christmas Forest as a way of giving back – creating amazing woodlands for future generations by tithing a percentage of their land for Christmas Forests? They could sell the bare root stock to be planted on their land or vouchers or some such so it would be a win-win? It just takes a little willingness and imagination. I am sure Christmas Forests could become a thing!

Love

Kirsten

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Tree Lovers – Will You Help me Plant Trees?

Tree Lovers by Kirsten Harris

We are heading to autumn and I hope to plant a lot more trees. Will you help me? 

These prints of tree drawings will pay to fence off an area of land to protect the young trees and get more planted. I am on a mission and asking for help! It’s just one artists attempt to do something directly useful for the planet. 

I will blog about ideas and inspirations in the drawings over the coming days and be making more tree art too.

It is time for me to get focussed again! I have been developing my art but not really promoting it during Covid, as it seemed somehow irrelevant in a time of crisis. But this morning I feel focussed again. By keeping my purpose in mind, promoting my art is easy. My purpose is trees! That’s important!

All these prints are available on my website with many others and lots of beautiful original art.

Will you help me make a difference?  Trees for the future for someone else to love after we are gone!

Thank you so much in advance. I look forward to hearing from you.

Perhaps a print would make a nice gift for someone?

Best wishes and big kisses

Kirsten

www.kirstenharrisart.co.uk

All prints are £20/$28 for A4 size 21 x 29.7 cm

£30/$42 for A3 size 29.7 x 420 cm

Postage £5.50 worldwide. 

PS I will be putting lots of new work on my website over the next few days. Keep an eye out for something you like. xx

*****

All printed on white art paper

Contemplating the Earth Walk

I am thinking about feet! I tore a plantar plate in my toe about 5 months, a toe is now floating. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but it has made walking very difficult. It is funny how injury clarifies what is important! Tree planting for me!

A foot is a powerful symbol for taking responsibility. We talk about putting our foot down, standing our ground and walking our talk!

A footprint fossilised in mud on a shore, the barefoot earth walk of our distant anscestor’s, inspires. Human and dinosaur footprints fossilised in the same layer of sedimentary rock seemingly disprove the view that humans and dinosaurs didn’t walk the earth at the same time. Anyway chickens are dinosaurs aren’t they!?

A pair of feet, an individual short journey on planet earth. Can our walk here be meaningful? It is what I am contemplating, how does one do that as a solitary artist?

When you can’t walk or drive you notice how much rushing around is taking place on the planet. People in a hurry, squawking about environmental crisis but still jumping on airplanes and ‘living the dream.’

So my thinking is – if we all cut down the amount of travelling we do, even just a little, and used any extra money we have to plant trees and give something back to the environment, then planet earth might stand a chance. That is what I am trying to do, on a personal and community level.

I have approached the local council to make a piece of land available for tree planting, to then use art and my experiences as an Alexander Technique teacher (think mindful awareness in action) to work with primary school children to teach the value of trees and our relationship with them. I recently did a series of one-off art work shops with primary school children and was deeply moved by the level of fear these young people are experiencing around environmental issues. I want to empower children by creating opportunities to be involved. To see that the act of planting even one tree is an act of love that has a positive and far reaching impact. That a tree teaches so many things. That their actions make a difference. The project is moving on and other agencies are getting involved and I have high hopes of it coming into fruition. Fingers and toes crossed!

Planting trees and making art about it, is work in progress. I’m on a tree planning mission for the rest of my life – Art for Trees! Your support is hugely appreciated.

All these images and many more are available as black and white hand signed art prints. £20 A4/ £30 A3 plus postage. Prints that plant trees!

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Horses and the Tree of Life by Kirsten Harris


To Earth We Return
In Nature We Find Ourselves

Contemplating the Earth Walk

A Walk in the Woods – Art Muscles and The Tree of Life

‘The Tree of Life’ by Kirsten Harris

 

You don’t get big bulgy biceps, if that’s your thing, without a lot of time spent developing them. The same can be said of art – developing a painting, an exhibition or collection of drawings takes time and dedication. Skills, like trees, take decades to grow.

 

Many years ago dad said to me –

‘If someone ask how long it takes to do a painting say  – a lifetime. Each painting is a culmination of your lifetime spent painting.’ I felt very supported in that moment.

 

I have no idea why I paint, I just do. But sometimes ideas come to me whilst painting.

 

Having spent the last 15 months since dad’s death painting even more solidly than ever, I started fantasising that it would be great to stop painting for a bit and develop a different kind of muscle.

 

The ‘Aha Moment’ came – tree planting!

A tremendous rest of a lifetime project waiting to be explored and grown.

 

So, with that aim in mind, I have made a colouring and story book called The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods. Hopefully it will appeal to children and adults alike.

 

The exciting bit – all profits will go to planting trees. The time spent quietly drawing these past few weeks will hopefully see a woodland habitat growing in the future. I want to plant trees! Trees for life on our beautiful planet.

 

A Walk in the Woods is a story and colouring book with a message – kind of Alexander Technique thinking meets eco-warrior meets animal lover meets tree hugger with a couple of unicorns thrown in for luck! Get the picture?

It is a walk with a black pen over white paper with a good intention.

 

Buying The Daily Ease – A Walk in the Woods, you will be part of this artist’s tree planting project. Together we can do a bit for the planet.

If you are interested  please email me …

Colouring book pre-orders being taken (or should that say tree-orders!)

 

It will be available to post in the next couple of weeks with a link on my website.

A Walk in the Woods is for sale at £10 per copy (plus p&P) – which is the projected cost of planting one tree.

Pre-order now

Let’s plant trees!

Love Kirsten x

 

Contact me – kirstenfharris@btopenworld.com

UK 07711 903537

 

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