Taylor's words make you stop and linger over each painting and make you study the relationship the oak tree has with neighboring elements. It doesn't take long before you are able to feel the light Taylor painted, hear the crunch of his leaves, and hear the sound of wheat brushing up against his legs." ArtPlantae Today"
Some books show you how to laugh, some show you how to think, but, every once a while, one will show you how to live. The exquisite Oak: One Tree, Three Years, and Fifty Paintings follows of the story of artist Stephen Taylor who decided to paint the same oak tree in the English countryside every day for three years.... As the oak changes by the month or hour, the surrounding environment changes.... A singular plant becomes a talisman for the passage of time and seasonsand you, as viewerbegin to change too, becoming more observant and aware of the tiny yet enormous natural transformations that take place each day and minute. Seeingin the truest senseis the lesson here, one that's taught with such elegance that you'll be bewitched into stopping and contemplating the birch or maple in your own yard that's servingas T.S. Elliot once described treesas 'the still point of the turning world.'" Oprah.com