Today I find myself contemplative and remembering why I started this series. I know I mentioned in the first post, but I haven't mentioned it since, and it's been several months.
The leaves on the world tree began as a dream in June, and waking to the resounding question, "What am -I- doing to help the world tree flourish?"
Six days after I had this dream, there was the Pulse shooting in Orlando. And that helped solidify my decision to use a rainbow background. There's never been any hiding that I am an ally. And it served as a catalyst to stop contemplating, and to start doing.
I wanted to create a series that individually, people would be able to identify with-- to look at the trees I've researched and think, "Yes, this is one of the symbols for me, for where I come from." And I've had people reach out to me to let me know that this is -exactly- what's happening.
But I also want to have them seen in a larger context, to be understood that it is, that earth is, where we ALL come from-- that we have so much more in common, regardless of geographical location, ethnicity, gender, or any of the other ways we can choose to divide ourselves.
That our differences should be celebrated as larger parts of the same diverse tapestry.
So before I do the next post with the nineteenth leaf, I wanted to create a montage of the leaves I've done so far:
I'm still working my way to the original 30 I had planned. I'm just under 2/3 of the way there.
But when it's all said and done, I look forward to the day that the montage contains over 200 leaves on the world tree. I hope that you do as well.