A few nights ago I had a series of frightening dreams where I was trapped in winter disasters. Slippery roads and cars going all directions, stuck in piles of snow hiking for miles with no boots, and a particularly bizarro scene where I was stuck climbing up a mountain that was angled straight up and down while people were falling off in all directions. I have idea where all this winter drama came from in my subconscious, especially after I have been working so hard to embrace winter this season.

This image of being stuck on an impossible mountain headed upward has been percolating in my mind this week. I have been trying to think of a way that it could become an empowering image rather than a fearful one, so I came up with a little art project for my Creative Everyday 2009 activity for today. It's a tree climbing up a blue mountain by CHOICE; because the tree is adventurous in the winter when it has no leaves to care for. I was imagining what trees might do if they could uproot themselves in their leafless season and wander around. So, this little imaginary tree likes to climb difficult mountains for fun. I would like to be a bit more like this tree.

And a passage from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism:

First follow Nature, and your judgment frame
By her just standard, which is still the same;
Unerring Nature, still divinely bright,
One clear, unchanged, and universal light,
Life, force, and beauty must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of Art.

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