Tree world

Tree world

This dream emerged six years before starting the picture, each ‘world’ having its’ own individual designs. A four-fingered branch grapples each one; utmost care being taken to hide the rear worlds and branches to give the picture a 3D effect. However the patterns do not wrap around the worlds, so appear as discs. The surrounding ‘eye’ pattern surrounding the tree is to give the whole picture more weight and balance, concentrating the white around the tree and root system.

Expanding into wide screen format, this simple pattern was a pure ‘see what it would turn out to be.’ It did actually turn out to be technically quite hard as no real perspective had been planned until half of the drops had been completed. Some degree of dissatisfaction kicked in as the smallest, furthest away balloons tagged along the horizon. Once the sea built up the picture, it very much improved my happiness in its outcome.

Trails

Trails

Having gone for an evening walk near where I lived on the edge of Salisbury plain along the edge of the imber trail I suddenly heard a woosh of birds in formation flying past. Not being visible they etched out in my mind this carving out of the sky, leaving white trails behind them. The images of the birds I wanted to create were the fastest birds around, the swift. My love of the moon depicting an otherwise still night was set under the nearer trails, leaving a rather blank space in the top left of the pic so recreated the same trails again but trying to keep the detail there.

The oldest chinese tree in the world

The oldest chinese tree in the world

My real desire, when developing this picture would be to travel around some ‘Zen gardens’ where this ‘escapist’  type cultured bonsai tree hide their hidden strangeness. This picture was imagined well away from any tensions, along the similar lines of ‘into the night’. I hope to see this image as one would see after a long meditation process – very much in line with inner peace and harmony – undisturbed tranquillity.

Suntrees

Suntrees

In a very much stylised format, these winter trees of similar species burst out from the centre of the picture. The black ink on a white background for the actual trees was fairly easy to draw however drawing the roots was a different matter, roughly taking 4-5 times as long to draw these as opposed to the actual tree. Again, this brings up the time verses determination of drawing these root structures. I looked into blending the roots all in together but decided to ‘layer’ every alternate tree putting the roots behind the ones in front. The raindrop’ exemplifies the dynamic feel to the image, whereas the Cedar of Lebanon style tree adds as a reassuring shape to the centre of the pic.

 

This is a signed open edition print

Stargazing

Stargazing

This was started before my bike trip to Spain, enabling me to not have to fight over an idea upon my return. This was going to be a direct comparison to ‘Connected circles’, differing to it as each ‘circle’ is connected up to its’ neighbours. I wanted to create a similar density to connected circcles so each circle had to be visible to its neighbour i.e. each connecting line would not touch any other circle. Out of nowhere, this head appeared, just experimenting with it as it could have easily been filled in.

seadrops

seadrops

Expanding into wide screen format, this simple pattern was a pure ‘see what it would turn out to be.’ It did actually turn out to be technically quite hard as no real perspective had been planned until half of the drops had been completed. Some degree of dissatisfaction kicked in as the smallest, furthest away balloons tagged along the horizon. Once the sea built up the picture, it very much improved my happiness in its outcome.

Rockary

Rockary

After visiting an outdoor pool at Whitley bay, walking at night, the pool had been drained with only a few inches depth of water left. Rocks had been placed in the pool to kick-start a little wildlife reserve. The night was extremely clear and still, with no traffic or any other noise to break this fragile glass atmosphere, enough for me to fill my mind with the idea of creating faces in the rocks. The moon cast a strong shadow on one side of the different shaped rocks, giving me the idea of producing magical faces, all pointing in a pre determined direction. The wall surround captures these ‘beings’, safeguarding the spectator from their intent. The re-occuring limitless distance is necessary to give the observer the real space one needs from time to time, keeping the detail of the faces in the rocks further away as much as I could. The semicircular shapes in the sky add to the magnitude of the space involved. They were drawn freehand without much thought about what the shape would be towards the centre of these semi-circles, forcing myself into a situation of the inner rings ‘edges’ not being the same consistency in shape as the outer rings.

Penetration

Penetration

This is, I feel the start of something new, not exactly accurately representing those far away interplanetary speculative visions, but a more thought provoking dreamy cast of somewhere new. The huge sun/planet dominating the sky can be heard thundering its way down towards the horizon. The detail of the landscape is not ‘tip top’ in effort and detail but feel I’ve represented a pretty well uncluttered space between outlying city structures and the great openness that I yearn for.

My way

My way

What would I have in a huge Georgian room with fantastic, surreal views over a twilight city? The immensity of the outside blends in with the solidity and central structure of these tall ‘rush’ like plants fanning out to the edge of the picture. Dreamily, two white on black background hawthorn trees were added, which throws the room into a different setting altogether. A truly calm, meditative piece pulling in ideas from other pictures such as ‘Into the Night’, ‘The Furthest City’ and ‘Perfect Grasses’. No elaborate technical drawing instruments were used, just relying on hand drawn guidance lined in pencil.

Middle Distance

Middle Distance

A ‘see what if’’ picture making up a bare tree from simple shapes. A challenge in itself was to keep this basic shape building structure under tricky situations such as branching out and one going behind another. The main central tree was initially drawn to be just by itself but the whole picture needed meat adding, hence the other trees and uniform landscape. The wavy patterns at the top can be seen in other works which do not actually lend itself to the actual subject matter. However, this addition gives focus to the whole works and describes my emphasis on control.