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Twin View of Poetic Tree


Twin View of Poetic Tree
75 cm (w) x 55 cm (h), conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: October 2001 - June 2003

Drawn completely on-site on the side of King George Avenue, North Brighton, between October 2001 and June, 2003.

These two views are of the same tree, viewed about 40° apart. I have used these two views, to provide related information about the forms within this tree – I felt that one view alone wouldn’t describe enough of the tree’s forms, whether within the main trunk, the main branches or within the visible roots.

The horizon has been drawn in (about two-thirds the way up the fence at the back of the tree) and is an important reference for the drawing. I have drawn pale imaginary lines over all parts of the tree to give a better idea of the cross-sectional shapes within all forms, and provide visual clues about the orientation of these forms. I have also drawn in an imaginary grid over the ground, to give a better idea of the tree’s orientation between both views, and to describe the ground’s general planar form.

Colour has been used to reinforce the understanding of form and space; close parts of the tree are more orange, or even strong yellow if very close; more distant parts of the scene are bluer. I’ve tried to indicate the space and air surrounding the forms by using pale blues.

 

 

 

Detail 1:

Twin View of Poetic Tree - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

Twin View of Poetic Tree - Detail 2

 

 

 

 

Detail 3:

Twin View of Poetic Tree - Detail 3

 

 

 

 

Detail 4:

Twin View of Poetic Tree - Detail 4

 

 

 

 

Detail 5:

Twin View of Poetic Tree - Detail 5

 

 


 

Another related artwork:

 

The Bee Tree - 2nd View


The Bee Tree - 2nd View
55 cm (w) x 75 cm (h), conté and pastels on acid-free coloured-ground ‘Canson’ paper.
Date produced: July 2003

Drawn entirely on-site, on the side of Brighton Road, North Brighton.

I have done another drawing of this same tree, but from a different vantage point. This view offers a really good understanding of some of the lovely twisting in the main forms of this tree.

Like so many drawings of tree forms carried out at the time, I have used an exaggerated understanding of aerial perspective in the colouring to try to enhance the expression of the forms experienced. That is, surfaces that are close to me are coloured more orange and surfaces more distant to me are coloured more blue. It is something that does work for me - I can feel the closeness or distance of the scene in front of me from the colours used.

 

 

 

Larger Image:

The Bee Tree - 2nd View

 

 

 

Detail 1:

The Bee Tree - 2nd View - Detail 1

 

 

 

 

Detail 2:

The Bee Tree - 2nd View - Detail 2

 

 

 

 

Detail 3:

The Bee Tree - 2nd View - Detail 3

 

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