…just finished tree number twenty four. While working on this one I tried to take pictures periodically to document the tree as it ‘spread’ across the paper…kind of like watching it grow from a thought to my drawing on paper. I kept hearing the Avett Bros. song, ‘And it Spread’ in my mind as I was drawing. (…and I admit, I did play it on my Ipod once I finished the drawing)
I digress, per usual…So for this drawing I looked back at tree number five as a reference point. I used the same basic shape for the tree, give or take a few curves. In tree five, I guess I started to become interested in the background. I remember thinking about rays of the sun and what the wind would look like if I could trace it- and trying to mimic this in my line. I brought this to tree twenty-four, kept working with my figurative elements, and tried to make more of an effort to allow the patterns and motifs to transition into the ‘macaroni’ hair, usually by using thin curvilinear lines to move from one area of the tree to another, and to provide boundaries as needed. I am still hiding words in the image, which I don’t think I have mentioned yet. (So…ummm, yeah, I have been hiding text in the trees…)
I guess this tree took about three hours. I am getting lost in these trees, lost in just making marks on paper and I love that feeling.
Anyway, I will take a photo of it tomorrow when I have daylight. For now I am just going to post the in progress pics, get some sleep and then see what I can create tomorrow.
Artist and Art Teacher