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I remember what my father told me:
There is an age when you are most yourself.
He was just past fifty then,
Was it something about the trees that make him speak?

There is an age when you are most yourself.
I know more than I did once.
Was it something about the trees that make him speak?
Only a single leaf had turned so far.

I know more than I did once.
I used to think he’d always be the surgeon.
Only a single leaf had turned so far,
Even his body kept its secrets.

I used to think he’d always be the surgeon,
My mother was the perfect surgeon’s wife.
Even his body kept its secrets.
I thought they both would live forever.

My mother was the perfect surgeon’s wife,
I can still see her face at thirty.
I thought they both would live forever.
I thought I’d always be their child.

I can still see her face at thirty.
When will I be most myself?
I thought I’d always be their child.
In my sleep it’s never winter.

When will I be most myself?
I remember what my father told me.
In my sleep it’s never winter.
He was just past fifty then.

Linda Pastan

Abstract of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees.
W/N watercolors on Arches cp paper
Featured in First Things

Work inspired by Janis Zroback’s many tree artworks.

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abstract, abstract realism, green, lesliegustafson, rainbow eucalyptus, trees, watercolor, yellow

Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 20 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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Comments

  • Teresa  Pelaez
    Teresa Pelaezabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thanks so much Teresa!!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Ruth Palmer
    Ruth Palmerabout 4 years ago

    Love it Leslie!

  • Glad you do! Thank Ruth! and I really appreciated your great choices in the juried exhibtion – how fun that must have been!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago

    Lovely abstract Leslie…I love the feeling of great depth and the hint of other trees behind….

  • Thanks Janis! The experiment had a life of its own, but I owe this one to you!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Lynn Moore
    Lynn Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Great abstract Leslie! Such a neat perspective and the writing brings such depth to it.

  • Thank you Lynn! Good to see you too!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    lovely abstract Leslie.. stunning colour pallet

  • Thank you Linda! always appreciated!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

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    NatureGreeting...about 4 years ago

    Simply a gorgeous abstract painting!! Love the colors, Leslie :)) Carolyn

  • Thank you so much Carolyn – what a kind comment!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Gouzelka
    Gouzelkaabout 4 years ago

    Lovely colour combinations Leslie.

  • Thank you Gouzelka!!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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