My dearest wonderluster, are you like me, a quirky kind of old soul, part woodland nymph, part world explorer and wide-eyed enchantment-seeker? If so, I’m grateful our paths crossed, we must be kindred spirits, welcome!
Do you remember the first time you saw an octopus in an aquarium? All twisty arms, shifting colors and fluid body? Or the last time you took a moonlit walk, gushing over moon shadows and awestruck by the silent huntress owl? There’s never been a more important time to savor such wonderment, and nurture the inquisitive, explorer child in all of us.
Because if we don’t, we risk living the automaton life. Already, I feel deeply the loss of old-fashioned play and wonder, mourn the passing of the age of discovery and lament the vicarious living technology has afforded us, lulling us to imagined but not quite lived, adventures.
We’re teetering dangerously close to losing our connection to the visceral, physical and natural. If we want to reclaim what truly matters, we owe it to ourselves to right the balance between our real and simulated lives.
To all explorer hearts aching for some unknown more, I’d like to invite you to embark on a wonder-filled journey to re-embrace our humanity, our wildness, our very essence of aliveness. It’s the only way to progress as a species, to feed our imagination and reach dizzying heights of creativity and innovation.
Will you join me?
To begin your adventures, explore with me through my nature-inspired art experiences, visit the Travelogue for wonder-seeking ideas, or take a peep into the Curio Shop for original art, gifts and tools. For my fellow artists, there’s the Labyrinth of Enchantment, a place for healing the creative spirit through wonder.
ONCE UPON A TIME
“A land at the top of a tree!” said Connie. “I don’t believe a word of it.”
-The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
My journey as an artist truly began with The TreeSpace Studio over 6 years ago. After being in a creative desert for almost a decade, I dreamed of a mythical place to contain my artistic explorations. I was inspired by one of my favorite childhood stories : The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, where magical lands appear atop this otherworldly tree deep in an enchanted forest for its folk to explore. I believed that the studio was my very own Faraway Tree, a link to all the splendor of my imagination and the wonders of our world, and a constant reminder for me to stay enchanted.
It grew to become a magical link to the visual dreams of everyone I’ve been blessed to collaborate with, and today the studio stands for the importance of being explorers, for not living vicariously, for choosing our own adventures so that we can be creative pioneers, innovative peoples and thought leaders that usher society into new eras.
Whether it’s through the art I create or the labyrinthine explorations I’m guiding, I hope they’ll inspire you to wonder-filled adventures that sharpen your own senses, fuel your aliveness, and renew your enchantment with life. And when you reach that place of overflow, who knows what magic awaits?
Video & Photography (left and middle) by D’Arcy Benincosa