Those small cuts of wood were in an aisle that was stocked full of various pieces of wood in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Who knows how long some of those pieces of wood had been sitting there, waiting to be used?
As an art teacher and artist, recycling is not only an important part of my life, it is IMPERATIVE. Every day, I watch as hundreds upon THOUSANDS of pieces of paper are thrown away. This is particularly an issue in art classrooms and studios. I'm constantly fighting to save the lives of pieces of paper that are on the verge of being thrown out because of one mark that was considered to be a "mistake." Despite my best efforts, my recycling bin (HUGE) is usually filled to the brim within a week of school--and the only reason it takes that long is because at least 50%-75% of the paper being tossed out doesn't make it to the recycling bin. Paper towels, paper plates, magazines, book pages, letters, printed papers, among other tree byproducts are thrown out on a daily basis...and, as a collage artist, I am most definitely a guilty contributor to this waste. The worst part is, I am usually totally oblivious to it!
You may have already figured this out, but at the heart of most of my paintings are environmental issues of some sort. This most recent piece is no different. The character of the lumberjack resonates with the happily oblivious side of human nature. Sadly, many of our actions as human beings, are done with little-to-no thought of consequences. The lumberjack in this story is happily chopping down trees--so focused on his job, that he is paying to heed to the amount of lumber he has been scattering everywhere. The little beaver stands on the remains of the most recently fallen tree, staring up at the lumberjack. His emotions are meant to be misinterpreted (seen as the lumberjack might be interpreting them). The oblivious lumberjack smiles down at the beaver, thinking that he has made this incredible connection with a like-minded creature--nature's "lumberjack" of sorts.
Now, while there exists this misinterpretation between the lumberjack and beaver in this painting, there is also a feeling of peace between the two--which I think that everyone can experience when in nature, if they are willing to take the time to stop, observe, and listen.
May you have a most peaceful and relaxing weekend!