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The bay tree outside our kitchen is more than 100 years old. On the north side of its thick trunk is a huge healed circular scar. The way that the bark healed some time long ago it created a most beautiful mandala. I photographed it with my digital camera then manipulated the image in Painter 2018 by actively drawing or painting into the existing content whatever it suggested to my imagination.
Sometimes I think of this method as a kind of oracle: showing me a dream while I am awake.