Blog Posts - Tree Of Life



Celebrating a Notorious Fraudster: Ernst Haeckel and His Tree of Life in Nature

Ernst Haeckel's tree of life (1866), public domain. Joel Kontinen A letter published in Nature sees Ernst Haeckel as a trailblazing scientist who built a more comprehensive tree of life than Darwin had done. Darwin’s initial version that he s...
by Joel Kontinen on Dec 17, 2016

How to Make a Tree of Life Breastfeeding Magical Photo in 3 Key Steps

You’ve seen them on Facebook, haven’t you? Yes, I’m talking about the beautiful, colourful, and artistic tree of life breastfeeding photos that seems to have given more breastfeeding mamas the confidence to share their magical bre...
by Adventures of a Novice Mum on Dec 16, 2016

Tiniest Grazing Mammal Defies Darwinian Explanations

Pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus ecaudatus). Image courtesy of John Gould, public domain. Joel Kontinen The pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus ecaudatus) was last seen alive in the 1950s, but it still causes problems for orthodox Darwinian thinking.
by Joel Kontinen on Aug 31, 2016

Precise Gene Regulation: MicroRNAs Challenge Darwinian Explanations

No room for Darwinian randomness in the miRNA world. Image courtesy of Kelvinsong, Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). Joel Kontinen Randomness is one of the keywords of Darwinian evolution, but we see an entirely different picture in the real word.
by Joel Kontinen on Jun 10, 2016

Moon Watcher

Here is “Moon Watcher.” This Tree of Life is enormous, ancient and regal. The giant full moon hangs near the horizon over deep green hills. And standing on top of one of the tree’s roots, which rises up out of the ground like a loo...

Runaway

This whimsical painting is called “Runaway.” I started with this rolling green landscape, and a full golden moon hanging in the sky above the hills. The sky is rich with hazy blue clouds and a spattering of twinkling stars. To me, it look...

We Made It

This painting is called “We Made It.” Panorama-format, it’s 12″ x 36″. A couple stands under a regal silver tree, an unbelievably enormous full moon rising before them into a deep blue star-filled sky. The story I imagin...

Stargazer

Here is another multi-panel painting–this one 5 panels, adding up to 5 feet across! This one is to hang on a large wall, so everyone is drawn to it from across a room. It’s called “Stargazer.” A continuation on my “Thin...

That Silver Night

This 3-panel painting is called “That Silver Night.” I had an image in my mind of this tree, shimmering silver in moonlight, its gently curving branches reaching out to the sides unbelievably far and low to the ground. And this woman, in...

Five-Year Plan

This intense panorama landscape is 4 feet wide and painted all in orange and red. It is powerful in person! After my recent painting Night Thinker, I felt driven to paint another person in “Thinker pose” sitting under a Tree of Life, si...

Moon Dreams

Here is “Moon Dreams.” This solitary person is gazing out at the gigantic full moon as it rises into the starry sky. He sits on top of one of the huge roots of the tree which rises up out of the ground. I love the whimsical shape of this...

Sea Sky

This painting, Sea Sky, is another merging of my Tree of Life imagery with an image from my trip to Belize. Here is the sky that inspired this painting: I took this photo with my cell phone, while standing in the water! This was the sun setting on a...

Release

This oil painting is called “Release.” The starting inspiration for this painting was this photo from my trip to Belize back in February: My friend snapped this lucky photo of me just after we arrived on Ambergris Caye. Overcome with j...

Night Thinker

Here is “Night Thinker,” a painting I created after sudden inspiration, which is leading me in an exciting new direction! I am hesitant to call it a new series thus far, but I do have several new paintings in progress that feature people...

Moonlit Flight

This painting is called “Moonlit Flight.” Everything about it is shimmery, silvery, glowing. A gigantic full moon in a bright starry sky rises behind the Tree of Life. In the distance, two flying birds are dramatically silhouetted by t...

Perched in Moonlight

Here is another variation on the same theme as my last painting, Night Birds. “Perched in Moonlight.” The moon in this one is full and bright, its light washing over the whole scene. Delicate tendrils of mist are formed in a circle behind...

Night Birds

This is the nocturnal version of my last painting, Morning Birds. Here, the tree is bathed in silvery moonlight. The sky is deep blue and the ground is red clay. The birds are perched in the chill of a clear starry sky, under a rising crescent moon.

Morning Birds

Good morning! Spring is truly here now, and my Spring Sale is fast approaching. This new painting is called “Morning Birds.” The warmth of the sun fills the whole sky. I can feel the sunlight gently washing over the branches of the tree.

A Thrilling Lookout

This painting is called “A Thrilling Lookout.” The tree is so huge, and the birds are so huge in contrast to the size of the human, that to me this feels like it could be a pre-historic scene! Imagine standing here, sheltered by enormous...

Banished From Paradise

Suddenly, it was as if three people were speaking at the same time. The language was one that I understood, but had never heard before. The voices were loud and authoritative in nature. I heard the voices discussing the fate … Continue reading...
by Putting My Feet in the Dirt on Mar 19, 2016


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