37 cm x 53 cm, pastels on coloured-ground acid-free Canson
This drawing was done as part of my "Microcosm"
project - concentrating two years' work on one Moreton Bay Fig tree.
I wanted to produce an accurate colour study of the tree forms near the
centre of tree, under sunny conditions. This pastel was produced within
about two weeks of sunny afternoons, based around a focus time of 3:30
It was interesting to see how after just one week, the shadows of the
massive boughs at the same time each day, had moved significantly. This
told me just how 'fast' and dynamic the slow changes from one season to
another actually are - the sun being a little lower in the sky after the
one week, and a little bit more to the east. We find it difficult to judge
changes to things that appear to be static over a medium passing of time
(such as changes in clouds over about 5 minutes, or sunlight over several
I was surprised by the variation of colour observed within the massive
boughs and forms. There was much subtle reflected light experienced from
the smooth bark. The leaf-litter posed quite a challenge in terms of colour
textures and reflected light.
I am pleased with the results of colour tones within the massive boughs,
the expression of the sunlit canopy, the expression of the sunlit leaf-litter,
and the feeling of 'presence' within the whole composition. I am also
pleased with not over-working the piece, leaving some prominent areas
of the image quite open and loose.