Twenty-one. The ars poetica of tree art
There are many preliminaries and other indirect activities in the making of tree art. I imagine that any poet (maker) knows, regardless of the particular poem (thing made), that it resulted from the complicated processes of poetry (making). I like to think that the phrase ars poetica applies to both the making of my tree art, and to each individual piece I make.
For over twenty years, I’ve used pocket notebooks and clipboard tablets to record the process of making tree art–with descriptions, introspections, and philosophical reflections. These voluminous scribbles and word processings might someday become a published book.