Is There Life?

Is There Life? August 14, 2011

I just drew this over the weekend. I call this piece “Lightning Tree“. It is done with charcoal on Arches hotpress cotton rag paper and measures 8″x10” (20cm x 25cm).

This tree is not far from here. I am not sure if it is alive. Nevertheless, it is beautiful, standing out above all the other trees.

It seems alive. It moves in the breeze. It possesses presence. It drips rain and holds snow and reflects light. It rules the forest around it. Perhaps it stands dormant while deep within life is waiting to burst forth again.

Of this I cannot be sure. But I will let it stand untouched by my hand.

Is this you, just waiting for another chance?

Own the original drawing.

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  • Wendy

    It’s so beautiful, David. Words cannot express how deeply this has touched me today. It’s been rough.

  • Jo Ann aka GGMHA

    The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones (trees), And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

    And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones (trees), live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

    Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones (trees) and say unto them, O ye dry bones (trees) hear the word of the LORD.Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones (trees);

    Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 37:1-6

    Faithful is he who has Promised!

  • Erp


    If nothing else though the tree will probably have moss and lichen and fungi and beetles (we are told God has an inordinate love of beetles).

  • Jo Ann

    I started my day with Davids beautiful “Lightning Tree” and “Is There Life?”

    In ending my day I checked my fb to find from “Spiritual Not Religious Online Community” the following link to a song on youtube.: # 1 song,”God is Not a White Man” which led me to # 2 song,”Dry Bones”

    Thought someone else might enjoy the songs and their messages.