Sunday, November 13, 2016

Day 12: "A Painting a Day" to Benefit the David Adler Music & Arts Center

"Tree of Life"


The Tree of Life in its various forms is recognized in all cultures as a symbol of immortality
and eternal life. From ancient Chinese and Egyptian culture to Germanic paganism and Mesoamerica, it has been sought after throughout the ages.

While depicted in many different contexts, the imagery across all cultures is essentially
the same. The Tree of Life is the tree whose fruit gives eternal life to all who might obtain it.
In addition to its religious references, it is a reminder of our past (roots - ancestry), present (tree body - knots included) and future (fruit - labor and posterity).

I chose to depict this powerful symbol as a calligraphy composition based on a
verse from the book of Proverbs: 

"It is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it.
Its ways are ways of pleasantness. All its paths are peace."

"Tree of Life" by Stephanie Toral
Watercolor 8" x 10"
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