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tree love

While I was sat eating my cereal in the breakfast room over Christmas, I was admiring this drawing by my friend's niece, taped up on the cupboard. I thought I'd try something in a similar vein:

I did this picture after Stuart and I spent yesterday afternoon in nearby Greenwich Park, visiting our favourite trees. Some of them were planted in the 17th century, so they've had lots of time to grow into crazy shapes.

Park's resident gnome

View of the city from One Tree Hill. The row of lit windows to the left of and beneath one of Wren's two towers is the Painted Hall, where the banquet scenes were filmed from the recent film, 'The Golden Compass'. Here's a panoramic view inside.

Vanbrugh Castle

This road in Greenwich was all decked out with wreaths and door ornaments. This particular one had a sign linking it to the Advent Windows project.


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Dec. 29th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Cool, and you'll only have to wait 400 years! :-D

I think most of them are chestnut trees. I sometimes collect conkers from them and a couple years ago someone finally taught me how to play conkers (which involves at least two hardened chestnuts with holes drilled through them, two pieces of string and very sore hands from getting hit on the knuckles).
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Great artwork, and cool trees!

(I have a nosey question: Did you paint it on wood, or did it get there via Photoshop? My first impression was: wow, she actually painted on a block of wood! But then I thought: well, wait a minute... And I honestly can't figure it out.)

I like the friend's neice's drawing very much too!
Dec. 30th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, David! Yup, it's done in Photoshop, with scans off the lid of a wooden box I have. E-mail me if you want details! :-)
Dec. 29th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Tree love!!! Where would we be without them...?
Dec. 30th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed!
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Just realised that the drawing must have come from a Birdie child!
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