To the right is another tree sketch, this one of a Sitka spruce that I saw on the Oregon coast in 2011. I've sketched this tree outside the studio at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology many times--every year that I visit, in fact! I never tire of it--this ancient and massive specimen!
I was recently reading from Rilke's 9th Duino Elegy. A passage follows that really struck me as being somehow about what we are all attempting as we keep our journals, both written and sketched and painted.
because truly being here is so
much; because everything
apparently needs us, this fleeting