Salix Tree Art

Artwork by me, Silvia.. Ponderings and poetry by myself and other more talented writers.

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Location: the country, Ireland

My name is Silvia (also known as SalixTree ), I live in the Irish countryside. I write and illustrate children's books. I like to garden, cross stitch, crochet, and read fantasy books.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Artist's Block

My entry for Studio Friday
"You've heard of 'writer's block'. Well as an artist, I sometimes suffer from "Artist's block". What is this you ask? It's when you sit and sit and can't come up with anything. This can go on for hours, days, weeks even months sometimes.
I want to know how you break free of Artist's block! " ~ Gabi

I go out and do some gardening, or just wander around the garden sniffing flowers, seeing what's growing. It gets me out of the house, I get some fresh air. I get a little exersise. I pick some flowers:
Still no ideas? When I come back in feeling refreshed, I can browse the internet, or read. Or talk with people. Or work on my cross-stich:
And still no ideas? When I go to sleep at night, I think about my creative problem before falling asleep. Usually when I wake up, I have an idea, or even several ideas.

Even now still no ideas?? Well, I just don't worry about it, and do my best. It usually turns out good.

Monday, August 28, 2006


I remember when I was a teenager, when we used to get runs in our stockings, we would blob a bit of nail polish on to keep it from running further. Now-a-days, I just don't wear stockings.

"What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now." ~Author Unknown
See what others have created for the word "Run" on Illustration Friday.

Friday, August 25, 2006


"Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way;
she better understands her own affairs than we."
- Michel De Montaigne

Nature is my inspiration, above anything else. I have always loved the natural world, the colors of flowers, sky, animals, rocks, and all else. Patterns, designs, textures, all these things I look at and admire. I love the chaos of it all, the variety, the ever changing visuals, sounds, smells, textures, tastes. Mother Nature is, to me, the ultimate artist.

See what inspires others at the Studio Friday

Thursday, August 24, 2006


"Love is like a friendship caught on fire" ~Bruce Lee

See what others have created for the word "Match" on Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Water Faeries

Originally this was a life drawing sketch, I added the colors and water and wings later.

"I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." ~Steven Wright