SEED POD ON TREE IN LA RIOJA
DRIED SEED POD - READY TO DRAW
THE OLD OLIVE TREE
THE APPLE TREE
At the beginning of our stay in Spain we were on a day trip with the school, hiking in the autumn woods with a group of school children. We stopped at one of the the park buildings and I found seed pods from this tree on the ground. I saved them. When they were dried I thought they might make a good drawing tool, and they did! We lived a couple of blocks from the Parque del Ebro along the river in Logroño so in the spring, when the sun finally appeared, I would go there and draw the old trees. It was an unexpected pleasure!
Here is a photo from a recent show where I included all the drawings, along with antique prints of trees done by artists who accompanied the survey expeditions from the 1800's. Both of us discovering and drawing trees!
TREE SURVEY, an installation of eleven ink drawings on paper and ten antique engravings
And lastly, a photograph that has been hanging in my studio for many years.
This is Brice Marden making beautiful organic line drawings with a tree branch!