Keeping on the tree theme, this sketch is of one of my favorite trees, a huge old sugar maple growing on Buck Hill in Spencer. This pen & ink sketch is from 2007, which is the last time I visited it. The tree’s trunk is about 4 feet across.
A few more tree bits from the sketch folder…
I love trees with wild branches. Each species branches in its own unique way. In the woods the crowding of the trees keeps branching to a minimum, but wherever a tree finds a little space to let loose it spreads its crown as far as it can.
Roots are even wilder, but usually it all goes on out of sight. Every once in a while, though, you get a glimpse of what’s going on underground.
The architecture within trees is also usually hidden, but when a tree starts to fail and the bark falls away we get a glimpse at the structure within.
Camperdown elms are a unique tree. I believe they are created by grafting. Once long ago someone planted a lot of them around the Gardner area. Someone told me they called them umbrella trees. I just like them because of all the zigs and zags in their form.
Apple trees are another species with interesting form, though one that’s often manipulated by man by pruning. When they go wild, though, they can get real crazy.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.