Home of some of the most ancient spirits and largest on the planet, the Giant sequoia redwood trees energies offer protection, balance, perspective and vitality. The Elders oil painting attempts to capture the powerful sense of these Sacred groves. Living 1500 hundred or more years, Giant sequoias are thought to be direct descendants from the time of evolution known as Lemuria. When we align with the essence of these giants, we gain a bit of understanding from actual witnesses of the evolutionary cycle of our earth and humanity.
Giant sequoias are the largest trees in the world by volume. Some of the largest are documented at 311 feet in height and more than 56 feet in diameter. The oldest sequoia elder known is 3500 years old by ring count. The redwood’s bark is fibrous, furrowed and as thick as 3 feet, providing both fire protection and almost total immunity to termites and other pests. Seed cones reach maturation in 18 to 20 months; however, the cones may remain green and closed for as long as 20 years. When the cones do open, they release a winged seed that may travel over 500 feet from the tree. Natural wildfires help to clear out other shade plants and trees that would prevent the redwood seeds from germinating. The rising hot air from fire also dries and opens the cones that are high in the canopy. After a forest fire, many seeds are released into conditions that are optimal for germination.
Sequoias can not only take up water from their root system, but also through air roots in the upper reaches of the tree that can pull water from the fog.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints, framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
November 25th, 2012
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