Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
We all have our favorite season, and The Artful Living Blog’s favorite is the Fall. We love everything about Autumn. Always. It’s a special time of year that ignites wonder, sentiment, and nostalgia. The crisp, chill air, morning mist on the ground, brilliant Red Maple Trees, the tastes of Fall; ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, apple cider & homemade pie, the spirit of Autumn; Holly & Sage, the backyard harvest & making preserves, the sound of crunching leaves under foot, hillsides of foliage turning a kaleidoscope of colors. Fall marks a time of magnificent landscape changes in many parts of North America. Enjoy the season!
Dante Lividini, Catnip from the Wisetrees series, Illustration, Courtesy and © Dante Lividini 2014.
Forests play a prominent role in many folktales and legends. In these dark, mysterious places, heroes can lose their way, face unexpected challenges, and stumble on hidden secrets. Part of the age-old magic of forests lies in the ideas that people have had about trees. In myths and legends from around the world, trees appear as ladders between worlds, as sources of life and wisdom, and as the physical forms of supernatural beings -nature spirits were thought to inhabit trees and forests. The mythology of early India, preserved in texts called the Upanishads, includes a cosmic tree called ‘Asvattha.’ It is the living universe, an aspect of ‘Brahman,’ the World Spirit. This cosmic tree reverses the usual order. Its roots are in the sky, and its branches grow downward to cover the earth.
Dante Lividini, Mother Nature from the Wisetrees series, Illustration, Courtesy and © Dante Lividini 2014.
Dante Lividini is a New England-based illustrator, graphic novelist and 3-D animation artist whose work, constructed with considerable imaginative care, invites a mythological journey. With a Master’s Degree in Literature from New York University, and a background in teaching, Dante cleverly weaves the art of storytelling of all that is mysterious and miraculous in the natural world throughout his work, infusing it with meaning, depth, and metaphor.
Dante Lividini, Starsewn, a Graphic Novel featuring the Woggli, Illustration, Courtesy and © Dante Lividini 2014.
Dante’s evocative Wisetree’s, graphic novels Starsewn, Medusa and Evolve, are all deeply rooted in nature and myth. Prompting a rare kind of empathy towards his subjects, thoughtful connections between rustic gods & nature spirits, half-humans & heroes, biosphere & biophilia, trees & time, and the realms above and below human experience, blossom. We discover an unfolding meditation on those existential dilemmas that surround us all, and a world of its own in the making. Resonating otherwordliness and sublime beauty. Visit Dante’s Portfolio to see more of the artist’s work.