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tree roots, unfinished

This tree in Greenwich Park had so many complicated twists and turns that I knew I wouldn't have time to draw the whole thing, so I focused on its roots. But they were so complex in themselves that I still didn't have long enough to finish my picture. I sometimes say to people that drawing trees is like life drawing, all the same interesting curves and bulges, except that the model is much better at holding still. This is not true when it comes to the light, however. I was trying to capture the lovely dappling effect of the sunshine on the tree and it was dancing all over the place, so I came away frustrated but glad for the outing.

It probably would be much easier to draw this tree from the photo, but that would defeat the purpose of going to the park, so hey ho.

Over on Dartmoor, Philip Reeve's landscape drawings continue apace... Oh, and wait, there's a portrait of a lama in there.


Sep. 18th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Drawing from life vs. drawing from photographs.
Hi Sarah
Lovely drawing. Isn't it strange how drawing from life and drawing from a photo are such different experiences? I have sketch books from my teens, where every page brings on an onslaught of memories to all the senses. The smell of Pizza in an Italian square, (we were on a tight budget and always hungry), the sound of scooter horns blowing, the wolf whistles...(those were the days). When I look at them I am right back there in 1989.
I suppose ones brain is concentrating so hard, that it becomes like a sponge, soaking up every detail. You have inspired me to get out and draw from life again. Thanks!


Sarah McIntyre

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