Acts of Creation

"Two Trunks" Blue

© Jacqueline Perry, “Two Trunks”

Thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation at  for connecting children with nature and for sharing a few quotes about trees:

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”–John Muir

“The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”–Genesis 1:12

“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.”–Aldo Leopold

In my 30’s I must have planted or transplanted over a dozen trees. We’d buy the biggest trees that we could afford and manage the digging by hand. It was often back breaking to dig the large holes big enough for a large root ball. This practice of planting trees came to me from my mother and grandmother. Now, it is much easier to create the ideal landscape with a paint brush or a pen.

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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6 Responses to Acts of Creation

  1. Molly Newell says:

    Your art work is amazing!
    Go Jacki

    • tobeamazed says:

      Thanks, Molly, the park in Kentucky was so wonderful, I want to create larger paintings of my experience there; drawings are my first step. Drawing has always been the foundation of all my work.

  2. Linda Shearer says:

    This summer blog is amazing, Jackie. Such a variety of subjects. And I really enjoyed learning about the process…of walking and seeing…really seeing…beauty in a bug eaten leaf or fluffly Queen Anne’s Lace flower and turning them into works of art to share your discovery with us all. Thank you!

  3. Kristi Bailey says:

    There was an African woman who won a Nobel Prize for her work in reforesting her country- I can’t recall her name- She stated that a person uses up the oxygen produced from about ten trees throughout their lives and if “you” haven’t planted those ten…you’re using someone else’s trees! So far, I’m using someone else’s trees! I must get busy planting!!! Thanks for reminding me! Blessings to you and your journey with nature…:)

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