Some time back I started to keep a sketchbook in A3 Format which is only for studies in our nearby forests (Waldtagebuch).
Yesterday evening I began to draw an old spruce tree. The trunk of about 30 meters height and the tree top can be seen fully as a dark silhouette against the sky. The older spruce trees are, the more horizontal the branches get, with the smaller twigs hanging down like curtains. The needles of spruce trees fall off only after 6-7 years. Coniferous trees have very well adapted to climates with a short and cool vegetation period. Instead of ca. 120 warm days,which seems to be the least for most deciduous trees in our climate, they could live with only 30 days. The development of needles with longer duration than deciduous leaves certainly is a clever strategy to make use of less favourite seasons.
I will spent some more days with this drawing, the lower trunk will be placed on the next page and I want to draw also proportion study with the tree in full too. I am using only short, simple strokes with a metal feather and india ink. Beginning from the top I worked the way down first on the right side marking the connection of the major branches.