About fifteen minutes ago I put my pen down. Tree twenty-five, done. I feel like this one went a little faster, I started it around noon, worked for about twenty minutes before going to lunch and such. I guess I ended up putting almost an additional two hours into the drawing. It is not that I am keeping time, just making the observation to myself that since I hit drawing twenty the work is taking a little longer, getting more involved. I referenced tree six for this drawing, sticking basically to the exterior shape of the earlier tree and the horizontal line work in the background. For the most part I kept the same patterns and the same pattern placement, again trying to ‘marry’ the pattern and figurative elements. Another change for this drawing, instead of looking at my magazine ‘picture file’ I actually used some pictures I had taken of my own face a while back from a variety of angles. So if the gal looks familiar (and hopefully she does at least a little) then that means I did okay rendering my own face. Side note, I do like the sharp black edges from the pen work, but I am itching to do some ‘detail drawing’, really explore value and realism…another direction for me to explore.
Now I have five more drawings to go if I stick to the ‘new’ goal of thirty. However, I feel like I am just getting warmed up –just a little closer to resolving the drawings now that I am twenty drawings into it. Also, thirty was really an arbitrary number, I chose thirty because there are thirty pages in my 18x24 pad of paper, not because thirty is a special number to me, or because it represents the number that will yield to some greater understanding…that’s just how much paper I had. With this in mind, per the title of this blog, ‘Tree Twenty-five...the end (and beginning) are in sight...’ To me this means that, yes, I could be almost to my goal, but it also means that after getting this close to that goal I think I have more questions than answers, each drawing has spawned other ideas, and I really do think that after I complete that ‘last’ drawing it will be just the beginning. I did go and buy some canvases, so I will be taking a little break from the drawing table in favor of standing at the easel and painting. And I do have intentions of bringing my embellished fiber collage technique to this body of work, so all of these things will really be a continuation of what I started out with; just a gal in awe of Klimt and Mucha trying to push past creating just piece of work as a ‘solution’.
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