Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tree of Life

\ I am still working with this, but I am so excited about it. I have wanted to do a Tree of Life picture for a long time and have been constantly looking for the right tree. Finally, last month we were at my inlaws house in Grace, Idaho and the fog was so beautiful that I told my husband that I wanted take a drive down by "The River" on their family property and then my husband saw "the tree." So beautiful and it was right there on the farm all along. I have tried and tried to edit this and work with it and finally decided the more simply done the better.
It has always touched me when I have read the story of Lehi's Dream and the Tree of Life.
"I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding all beauty and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow."

The angel tells Nephi,
"Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?"
And Nephi said,
"Yea, it is the love of God which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of men; wherefor, it is the most desirable above all things."
So the tree stands for the Love of God. I don't know how the tree looked to Nephi, but I am trying to bring out the way that the tree appears to me in my mind- which is really hard to do!

This one will be able to be cropped a lot of different shapes.

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  1. Mandy, Your work impresses me!! I love it!! I really can depict this as I read. I think you are so talented. Man I need lots of walls=)

  2. Thanks Andrea! How did your pictures work?

  3. Love it Mandy!!! You told be about your idea a while ago and then told me about a tree at the river, but I had not put it together. Ironically we read about the tree of life today! I will have to get me one of these!

  4. Wow this is beautiful. I am so glad that my post touched you. Best wishes on your journey with this next one. I know that God will lead us to make the choices that are right for us, and I truly believe that babies will tell us how and where they need to be born.

    Oh, and would you ever be willing to do a give a way on my blog. I am actually trying to find some people who do art work who might be interested in getting some more publicity and willing to motivate my readers:) let me know.

  5. Heather!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and I would love to do a giveaway. Maybe like an 11x14 or 16x20 Mounted Print? Pick what you would like me to give away or you could give the winnner a choice also. My email is

    Thanks! I am adding your button to my blog right now :)