Decided to go outside today since I had an assignment regarding architecture in art and needed to take some pics, we stopped off at a nearby park and decided to share :) haven’t been out in a while, i feel drowsy now...
My shoes are super muddy since it rained yesturday and I walked through some mud T^T
I fucking love big trees. I love the way they look and feel and smell, and how they’re so old and I am so small next to them. I spend so much time inside looking at these little screens, reading these angry little words. But none of it, nothing matters, when you can press your head against a massive fucking tree and feel your thoughts go quiet and calm. Idk man I just feel really emotional about how much I love these old barky bois.
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I started sketching this tree when I get home from out morning dog walks. Mainly because I mean to bring my sketchbook, but always “forget.” It occurred to me this week after the Saturday Sketch Club that it’s good to try to remember what I see. I noticed that this particular tree tips to one side. Well, firstly I noticed that it was purple. A purple tree! There are a couple like this near the lake as well. I wonder if it is jacaranda, which we have a lot of in Florida. Today I noticed that this tree is at least as wide as it is tall, at the base. I’m working on a technique to express the blossoms. I think I will remember to bring my sketchbook next time.
I have been so focused on groupings of trees, or “treelines” you might say, in the landscape. But lately individual trees have really been calling out to me. It seems boring, or dumb to me, to just focus on one tree, but dammit, I’m going to do it anyway because I’m quite liking it, and it seems to be helping. I can always start adding more trees. I’m getting back into the groove of remembering what I learned in my Chinese painting lessons, as well as the zenlike concentration of it. I so miss that.
Also, I’m wanting to abstract more, but these aquarelle pencils are feeling too light (as well as getting really small!) And then I overwork. Maybe time to get out those oil pastels, or invest in some markers. I feel like I need to be satisfied with a representation of it before I can start to abstract or flatten it.
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