2 more days

Here’s 2 more days worth of drawing.  It’s taking forever with the short amount of time I have available, and I’m eager to finish now because I want to start work on a yoga pose that recently became available to me after I put out a call for photos.  I was driving by a local private school when I saw another one of these trees- whose name I still don’t know!

The bark is so distinctive- I’ll find a book on trees at the library tonight, why on earth don’t I have one?

The other night I looked at the Terry Winters book I got from the library with my 6 year old daughter.  We were both pretty blown away.  It has me questioning everything, which good art should do.  Speaking of good art, I’ll have to go back and look at the Sylvia Mangold trees in a book I have somewhere.  Perhaps I’ll post!  They succeed in being paintings first and trees second, if you know what I mean.


White Lattice

This is 2 days worth of short drawing sessions.  I’ve never really spent so much time on single drawings before, intending them as finished pieces.  Not sure where I’m going with all this, but it is seductive, this drawing business.  Sunday I was working on the white lattice, which I simplified a bit since it’s really 2 panels side by side.  I had to draw a preparatory sketch to understand how the slats interact.  I also found myself noticing lattice while driving around.  Drawing teaches you how to see, how to look, how to pay attention to your world and see what really is, not what you think you see.

Took a much longer walk in the woods than I intended this afternoon, but lucked out with this photo:

It reminds me of the Escher print I posted a photo a week or two ago:

Hmmm,… perhaps I should look as Escher some more.



Oh boy, it’s slow going at the moment, but the skeleton is transferred.  I’ve taken a few more pictures for reference and begun drawing this metal wall/ barrier.  I have drawn a little every day, but I’ve only had 15 minutes or so at a time.

So it’s at this sort of ugly stage but hopefully it won’t be for long.  It’s going to be tricky figuring out how not to keep smudging everything.  It doesn’t feel quite natural to start in the upper right hand corner with the smaller branches, but I’m left handed and if I start with the trunk I’ll be constantly smudging the pencil with my hand.



I didn’t post yesterday, but it was just the bare bones beginning of this.  This is a tracing that I will use to transfer the drawing to a piece of cotton rag Fabriano paper.  I did the original drawing freehand but the tree is complex enough that I wanted to get the proportions right.  I drove by the tree again today.  There are 2 of them, actually.  I can’t believe I never noticed them before.  From the car, the base of this tree appears large enough at the base that 2 of me probably couldn’t clasp our hands together around the trunk.  There must have been some negotiation between Dunkin Donuts and the town to keep those trees there when the place was built, for they are right on the edge of the property and it must have been difficult to bulldoze and lay pipes around the huge trees and their no doubt enormous root system.  Utterly magnificent.


This is my kitchen table, where I like to work for the light and the comfortable spot.  Also I can more easily let my dog in and out and keep tabs on him.  I share a studio/office space with my husband but it feels cluttered and not as light filled as I would like.



I happen to love this certain kind of tree that looks as if its bark is peeling off.  I’m not sure what it’s called.  I saw one in my hometown from the Dunkin Donut’s drive-up ordering station.

And started a preliminary sketch:

Funny that I thought I’d be so interested in the bark and the branches, and it ends up being the power lines and metal walls that draw my attention.  I also wondered at the back story behind that tree being there at all.  I’ll have to go back and look again.  Tomorrow I’ll start over on a better piece of paper.

By the way, today marks 2 solid weeks of daily drawing and it feels GREAT!



My daughter went to a Zentangle workshop at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, MA.  So we checked out a book and played with zentangles last night.  Here is the one I made:

These are pretty fun.  I’m not sure what they really do for my drawing skills, but I count this as my daily drawing for Saturday anyway.