The Old Forgotten Oak
Monday 16 November 2020
Maybe as a result of a dark year that encompassed us with lockdowns and a life threatening virus, I have been doing a lot of travelling back into the fantasy worlds from my childhood. The blurry lines between reality and fantasy which I bounced between as a youngster, makes me smile with admiration and glad I kept something of that little boy alive inside of me.
It took the imagination of a little dreamer to look long and hard at an old tree trunk and then to see it transforming into an eerie old witch, a dancer stretching into the sky or a small village with houses and shops for fairy folk. Those dream worlds use to be a daily habitat for my adventures and now considerably older, I still love to dip my toes in those wondrous places and remind myself of the power of imagination.
The image, The Old Forgotten Oak, can also be seen as a forgotten dream, we grow up, forgetting the childlike gifts of dreaming and imagining. Recreating this daydream from my childhood, gave me the opportunity to design a curious and mysterious little world inside an old Oak tree. There is a feeling of someone that stumbled across a beautiful magical Oak during twilight hour, hiding and peeping through the tall grasses, inspecting a wondrous discovery without wanting to be seen. There is a church, pub, shop, houses with chimneys, staircases and even a water tower. Who knows what is on the other side of this old tree trunk. Among the grasses there is a glimmer of a hare, a skein of geese are migrating to a far away country and little lights with wings that could be fairies, flying into the distance. This is a story with many beginnings and endings, depending on who is watching among the tall grasses.
Spend some time with this old forgotten oak and see what stories it tells you.
The Old Forgotten Oak has been featured in ‘Living the Photo Artistic Life’ Magazine, No.69. Much of my inspiration comes from these wonderful and talented photographic digital artists and their art that features in these monthly magazines.
The Old Forgotten Oak is a photo manipulation
The tree and background are my own photography
The hair, butterfly and fore grass by designcuts.com
Original size – 200 x 250cm
I enjoy sharing my designs with artists and designers and therefore have made the oak tree design available as part of a package called, Once Upon A Time Architecture, in my digital shop. The package contains a collections of 12 fantasy and whimsical extracted/designed structors with a bonus moon set. I would love to see the stories you tell with these elements so please tag me at https://www.facebook.com/mariuselsphotoartistry and https://www.instagram.com/creativemazza/. Here is a preview of what you will find in the digital elements package.
Once Upon A Time Architecture Digital Elements Package
12 png architectural designs
Bonus Moon set
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ―
The Old Forgotten Oak Art Prints are available at: