Wren on an Oak Branch

Watercolour and charcoal on paper 71 x 101 cm
‘Jonathan has shown us this old branch, which so many people would walk past and never notice. He has shown it with such an eye for its shape and its twist; he has noticed the shadows and the bleached wood; he has seen it as a microcosm that represents the whole world for creatures far smaller than us; he sees the lichens that grow in it as a food store for tiny birds, like this wren. There is even a fine spider’s web in the painting. He sees this old branch, starting to rot and break away from the tree, its life coming to an end, as the supporter of new life for plants and animals. He sees that all things have a time and a season, that everything is interconnected. This is his vision.’
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