"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Twigs

I trying to decide on my tree for Lucy’s Tree Following blog this year. I gathered some inspiring twigs and did a few sketches. I am also looking for a “good” twig as the basis for a set of prints. I like twigs very much….and their colours are lovely this time of year.   
I particularly liked this Hawthorn.

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Sketchbook sketch, Hawthorn


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Hawthorn, Willow, Bramble and I think, Hazel…watercolour 11.5 inches square

Then in the Garden there is an annoying and vicious wild cherry of some kind. It has lethal thorns which embed themselves deep in your unsuspecting flesh and it throws up suckers everywhere… BUT it is a wonderful tree for the birds and bees and is so pretty in the spring and does have almost edible fruit. We hack it selectively every year.
I sketched it when we first moved here. 
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So all things considered I might just study this one this year. More knowledge should engender more understanding and affection. It’s not unlike the hawthorn in many ways but has a simpler leaf shape which will be good for the prints I am hoping to make.

More twigs next week.

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