“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
5x8" moleskine, slicci pen
I'd been avoiding drawing a tree for awhile. But yesterday morning I stepped outside before it was too, too hot and sat on the back porch and drew one of the pair of Japanese Maple trees that grows in the narrow bit of land between our house and the neighbor's that doesn't get much sun. The blue and orange faerie houses hang from this particular tree. The orange faerie house is perhaps the most photographed item in our garden. I concentrated on the major lines of the branches and noticed the swatch of lovely golden sun dominating the right upper portion of the tree, as the morning sun comes in at an angle. In addition to drawing a tree, I did an experiment while painting - I painted yellows, then various blues on top. This is something that I learned in the workshop I took in April with Janet Takahashi. The tree is more interesting if you let the colors blend rather than simply use green. I didn't mix them, didn't use any green, just painted yellows and then blues.