I’ve always wanted to use that title………
Wow, I can’t believe I went through the whole month of December without one post! I’ve been just too damn busy. I have been fitting some art in – I have just finished 4 new scratchboards – but I haven’t done much sketching.
I found a folder in one of my drawers that was labeled “sketches.” In it were a lot of loose pages with drawings and many of them were of my favorite subject, trees. I like them because they’re very good at standing still! I also like their form and structure and how the simple process of growth yields so many unique results. Many of these are from long ago. Some I remember and some I don’t.
This first one is from a farm in Connecticut. I was hosting a workshop and had finished my part and was killing time while the class went on. This beautiful white pine growing over the pole barn caught my eye.
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.