This has always been one of my favorite trees. I could have sold it more times than I can count, but I wasn't ready to let it go. In the past three years, it's graced my bedroom, dining room and living room walls. It currently hangs in my office.
The tree is just so FUN; with a variety of materials, colors and textures. Driftwood ranges from pale, silvery gray to deep brown. Metals are shiny and matte silver, weathered brown, with hints of deep orange. The base is two, connected rectangular chunks of metal and the top has funky, twisted metal, and wire. There's even a bent nail protruding from the bottom plank of driftwood.
What I find on my walks along the beaches of Lake Erie, in the greater Cleveland area, is what I use. Nothing is altered, or changed. Sometimes a piece sits unfinished for weeks (or longer), waiting for the right beach "find" to complete it. I do spray and seal all metal with a matte protectant for safety.
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." ~ Aristotle
When outdoors, I've always felt a sense of wonder and I've always identified with the sentiment Aristotle expressed in the quote. Nature is calming, relaxing, inspiring--no matter the season. I've always dragged nature inside with me; pinecones, tree branches, flowers, acorns, beach sea glass, stones.
As a baby, I was content in playpen on the back patio. When I got older, I was rarely inside before the streetlights came on. I climbed trees, swam in Lake Erie, biked everywhere, jumped in huge piles of leaves, collected acorns, and played 'King of the Mountain' on snow piles. Some things don't change.
If anything, my bond with the outdoors has grown stronger as I age. I'm more enamored of a blue sky, wowed by the colors of fall leaves, the texture of driftwood, and the sparkle in beach glass. And I'm always happiest outdoors; walking the beach, taking a hike, or reading in the hammock.
For today, the "Aristotle Tree" is for sale.
It's classic and timeless, could be incorporated into any decorating style or color scheme. It's a statement piece. And when I look at it, or walk by it, I feel the same vibe as I feel outdoors. It makes me happy.
Interested? Grab it before I change my mind...