The Tuesday tree: Tree Girl
Today’s tree is a very special one. It is a recent import to Castle Beastie, having winged its way from Edinburgh only a few days ago, and it has a story behind it.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a good moan here about my head injury. The responses that came in were just the best medicine one could hope for, full of support, empathy, practical wisdom and kindness. They left me feeling touched and hugely grateful for having met such a lovely group of readers online. Thank you all so much! As if that weren’t enough, I then got a message from Linda at Occasional Scotland, saying that she had something to send me to cheer me up. ‘I hope you’ll see,’ wrote Linda, ‘how it shows that your creative power with words is still strong and delights your readers.’ Linda had spotted this picture in the window at Edinburgh Printmakers. She had to do a little detective work to track down the artist, and a little more to find out how to get a print to me. But she managed it, and I just love it. Linda, thank you again for such a thoughtful and generous gesture. I wanted to share it with everyone else today, as this must be the quintessential Dancing Beastie picture. Ladies and gentleman, by the artist Mina Braun, here is ‘Tree Girl’.
When my husband saw it, he smiled and said, ‘Perfect: a tree and a girl with a sore head.’ Well, yes, I do see what he means. To me, though, the girl’s ‘halo’ is sunshine, or inspiration, or nurture. I love the way the tree grows out of her, part of her yet with its own flourishing life. Superficially simple, this is one of those pictures in which one can see different meanings with every encounter. I will treasure it.
You can see a little more of Mina Braun’s enchanting art here. Her work has a folkloric quality which greatly appeals to me. Scottish readers might also like to know that Mina is having a solo exhibition in Edinburgh at The Red Door Gallery from June 30th to July 28th.