Spirit of the Ginkgo
I have been working on this piece for awhile. I've been connecting to trees... My father had a favorite tree. It was in front of our home. When he purchased the land, (which was much earlier then he had money to build a home), he marked the trees that would remain when the property was clear. He also determined which street the house would face. It was a corner property. During the later years of his life, he talked of how he marked his days with the life of that tree. The tree is gone now, and so is my father.
Although my father's tree was not a ginkgo, she (this ginkgo spirit) has been on my mind for some time. I have a few more waiting, so I really have to get this one done soon. As you can see she's a pretty big girl. She's approximately 24". She's all polymer and apoxi, with acrylic paint, pearl ex powder and chalk for color. I sealed her with PymII. Tomorrow she WILL get completed. Thanks for having a look.
Here is what the University of Maryland website has to say about the ginkgo:
Ginkgo biloba is the oldest living tree species. A single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet. It has short branches with fan-shaped leaves and inedible fruits that produce a strong odor. .
Although Chinese herbal medicine has used both the ginkgo leaf and seed for centuries, modern research has focused on the standardized Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE), which is prepared from the dried green leaves. This standardized extract is highly concentrated and seems to be clinically more effective in treating health problems (particularly circulatory ailments) than the non-standardized leaf alone.