Vivien, who blogs from Leicester, England, challenged us to draw trees, or bits of trees.
Here are some of mine. I did warn her that it might be a bit like Palm Sunday, since palms are the dominant feature around these parts!
Although, having accepted this challenge I have looked more closely and should add that the towering Norfolk Pine dots our skyline, probably on a par with the palms.
But I’m kicking off with neither! This is commonly known as a Swiss Cheese, the Monstera deliciosa, growing at my friend’s home. Almost as big as the sapote beside it, this is, indeed, a monster! (And, yes, it does fruit, but the wildlife usually get in first!)
The reddish bits are dead leaves caught in the stems
On Tuesday, some of us drift over to Heather’s and, if we’re not working on prints, we sit upstairs on the deck and sketch and drink tea and coffee and chat about art, life, art, life, sketch…. Here’s the view…
To the left of the poinciana is a Norfolk Pine, leaning like a drunken sailor and disappearing off-page!
Today, I went back to school. Yes, the school where, last year, I was helping with reading assistance and, one class, once a week, art…well, in the midst of “industrial action”, I have been asked to return to help Grade 6 (10-12 year olds) writing and illustrating a project on Australian native animals. Because I try to keep politics off this blog….I shall NOT elaborate…#!!?#!**!
Edit to update: the threatened teachers’ strike for more money was ruled illegal as they had not given 7 days notice. So now, they have given notice take take action for 2 days next week.
Here is a tree (Norfolk Pine) which is beside the gate at the main entry to the school (foundation stone laid in the 1930s, so I’m guessing the tree was planted about that time)It bears an odd resemblance to a Celtic Knot!
Y’know, now that I’ve been looking more closely at these trees, I’m utterly fascinated by their (usual) symmetry. Just around the corner from my house is one whose “side” has been cut away, presumably by the electricity board to clear the power lines; doesn’t seem to have bothered the tree one whit! And sometimes the branches have only tufty ends, sometimes, a thick cladding on every branch. But most stand tall and straight, true as a Coldstreamer. Maybe I’ll be like Van Gogh and develop an obsession!
This is a page from another small sketchbook. Silly me did this on the reverse of a water colour sketch and it shows!
I’ll leave you with “Nelson,” an owl who lived with us some years ago and whose image is currently on show at a local gallery, in company with some other fine prints.
This is a linoprint. Some readers already know Nelson’s story, but, in case you’re new here: he lost an “argument” with a windscreen and, while he healed reasonably well, the injuries had reduced his ability to live wild. Sometimes, we can assess this before beginning treatment, but the vet. thought this bird would recover better than he did.
Ordinarily, such wild birds/animals are euthanased, but I had a permit to keep Nelson and he did sterling service as an educator and companion to other birds which came into care before their release.
And now…I have some marmalade on the go, some blogs to read (while I have another cup of coffee) and then I’ll be “out to lunch.” *
* Literally. Of course.
This link was wonky yesterday-sorry ’bout that! But do pop across and see the collection of fubsy noses.