Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Illustration Friday: Intention

Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.


for Illustration friday: intention
pen and ink and watercolor
Quote from Zenquotes.com


  1. Beautiful, Lo...of course, I am a person who gives EVERYTHING a mind, heart and soul...so I disagree with the quote... I think the Trees DO care...and the Birds and Squirrels know it... that's just your *Crazy, Catholic-Buddist* LS!!! A-ha-ha!

    Your Tree and Birds are all so happy and joyous... they make me feel that SPRING IS on the way!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  2. ah, i hope i am like the tree, with my children and husband especially, i am always there when they need me, but never want them to feel they must, or should. it makes me think of guilt, which isn't a part of how you want others to feel. i think being like this tree is a very good way to be.
    xxx lori

  3. The birds are here and Spring cannot be far behind.
    I listened to them as I journaled this morning and felt wonderful with the sun shining in.
    That's how your illustration makes me feel!
    *big smile*


  4. So nice to see your work again, Laurel. I like the yellow tree birds. I also checked out your paintings on Zazzle and Etsy too.

  5. love the birds as leaves. you have such wonderful ideas and ways of looking at things.

  6. Such a wonderful time of year. Henry would love all those birds in his backyard, but I'd fear for their lives! Nicely done!

  7. the interconnectedness... and beauty.

  8. I love how you drew the birds. When I first looked at the tree, I thought the birds were leaves. Very creative!

  9. You never cease to amaze me. This is so soft, gentle strokes across the land and birdsongs I can effortlessly hear. And birds as leaves....

    The yellow is so mellow

    I guess the message here is about detachment. I was absent on the day that lesson was taught , So along with robin I long for the songbirds' return....

    You make me warble. :-)
    Triple love,

  10. A fun piece. I have a bird tree in the mornings when I go out to feed the birds. They sit up there and chitter at me to hurry up. :))

  11. A wonderful quote to go with your sketch.

  12. Lo, This is beautiful and true.
    Not always easy, but so wise.

  13. Wise words. I need to be more like a tree. Love your drawig.

  14. Beautiful...love the illustrations.

  15. Beautiful take on the topic!
    Love the tree and birds.