“Look at the fig trees”
Figure in Landscape No 14 2005
Oil on Linen 750 x 1050mm
It is hard not to look at the Australian fig trees. From Morton Bay figs to strangler figs, their incredible trunk and root systems always amaze.
“Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves that summer is near.” Luke 21:29, 30.
Jesus here was talking about the Kingdom of God being at hand. It is a parable about opening your eyes and really seeing the signs that are as obvious as a deciduous tree sprouting leaves.
Australian figs are not deciduous but the challenge for us is to look at all. Much of the Figures in Landscape series is about looking and asking you the viewer to see trees in the landscape differently. In a world of climate change the creation is screaming out with a new set of signs to be read. ‘The creation groans waiting for humans to be redeemed’ Romans 8: 18-25.
This painting is really only the roots crawling high over the rocks. The main trunk and leaves begin just out of the frame and claim the top of this boulder and its kingdom of light. This fig is an excellent example of the sub theme of these 2005 paintings. “... suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:4
I walked along that fire trail April 07 as I know it very well having taken many a horse ride along it. I do not know the location of the tree in the painting. At the top of that trail you can look across to Kurrajong Horse Trails on the otherside of the valley.
Steevo I'm glad you know this lovely bit of country. It is at the horseshoe bend that has a large cave eroded from the huge rock on the up side of the track - it is actually still Comeroy rd at this point I think. But you would have to dismount and walk up past the cave to see it. Hope you get back there some day. Russell
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Photo taken in Upper Colo NSW, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location