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

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Spinney Trees

This lovely May morning I took a small sketchbook and a pen up to the Spinney to make some quick notes about the tree shapes. Most of the trees have their leaves now so I can identify which is which. I am looking for characteristics of each species which I can use for some prints. They are the trees I see, very possibly not typical of the species, but ones I know and can place along the route..a young beech, the tall alders and a cluster of limes etc.

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Field maple, Larch way up at the top of the canopy and the Limes with my bike :)

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The lovely tall Alders down by the bird hide, Wild cherry, Sycamore with its big drooping leaves.


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Pollarded willow, Poplars in the wind with floating willow seeds blowing everywhere, Elm with bunches of, now browning, seeds which are scattered everywhere.


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A small Beech growing under the Oak canopy, Birch, twisted from the prevailing wind, arching Bramble and a spindly Hawthorn again growing up towards the light under the canopy.

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Ash just coming into leaf with its tipped up branch ends, Blackthorn up on the old railway line


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A5 sketchbook and pen. It’s all you need.

2 comments:

Erica said...

These are so lovely, and inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

sharp green pencil said...

Thank you so much Erica. I realised how much I needed to go and draw them in person. Well worth it for understanding them and a million times better than photos! :)