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Sketches are made by fools like me

February 14th, 2006

It’s startling to me at times how I can get so caught up in what I’m doing and ignore the obvious.
Today I spent some time at Descanso Gardens with my husband, enjoying the beauty of a spring (Valentine’s) day, and I took my time doing a very detailed line drawing of a magnolia twig. As I peered at it intently, something “clicked” and I realized one of the purposes of botanical drawing. When you observe something very closely – and I mean down to the 1/16 of an inch closely, you start to understand what the plant does. You begin to sense which way the twig will bend even before it does. You know where the leaf will come out of an axil, and what side it will be on. You begin to think, perhaps a little bit, like a plant. OK, that’s too new age, scratch that. You know what I mean. You begin to understand the plant intimately, becoming lost in its anatomy, its function and its beauty.

So, as I was fixated on this small twig, working slowly and methodically, I lost sight of the larger plant patterns that shared the same white space: the bare winter bones of the magnolia overhead, the tumescent buds, the rhythm of line and shape, the lost and found edges, the positive and negative spaces. While I was trying to capture nature with my pencil, Nature was impishy doing her own dance with effortless grace, as though to taunt me. But perhaps to lead me on, to keep practicing and to keep looking. I bow to you, Madame Magnolia. You win. Sketches are made by fools like me, but only God can use light to paint a tree.

10 Comments »

  1. Totally awesome.

    Comment by Hashi — February 14, 2006 @ 5:58 pm
  2. SO SO TRUE! BUT LOVERLY DONE, KAREN!! AND I ADORE THE PAGE WITH THE TREE SHADOWS — DANCING TO BE SURE!

    Comment by Lin — February 15, 2006 @ 7:19 am
  3. “only God can use light to paint a tree” – I love that! It’s so good that you did notice, and manage to capture it. it’s a beautiful image.

    Comment by carole — February 15, 2006 @ 2:12 pm
  4. Karen I really enjoyed reading your insight into this process and seeing the twig on the page. I also liked the way you photographed the tree shadows over the drawing. Nice touch!

    Comment by Terri — February 15, 2006 @ 4:45 pm
  5. Completely lovely…drawing and insight…

    Comment by Kate — February 15, 2006 @ 5:37 pm
  6. Beautiful!

    Comment by Linda — February 15, 2006 @ 6:21 pm
  7. Wow! I love that. I would have felt like tracing the shadows. Great insight too!

    Comment by glassgirl — February 18, 2006 @ 4:22 pm
  8. We had the same impulse glassgirl! I would have traced those branches, or tried to catch them in watercolor lines. They almost look like it anyway. There’s a fire escape and a tree outside my window that some days throw a great shadow pattern. I’ve often been tempted to trace it out and then paint it there on the wall forever.

    Comment by Cully — February 18, 2006 @ 11:40 pm
  9. An absolutely breath-taking sketch of that magnolia bud and twig. And your quote “only God can use light to paint” is very profound. Your experience was very Zen
    wasn’t it? Reminded me of what the author of “Zen Seeing Zen Drawing” (can’t remember his name offhand… age you know..LOL) always says.

    MD

    Comment by Marie-Dom — February 19, 2006 @ 12:34 pm
  10. Cully, that reminds me of the old O’Henry short story … “The Last Leaf.”
    Here’s a link to it on the web. It’s very moving …

    http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lastleaf.html

    Comment by Karen — February 19, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

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