Went out in the afternoon to scout the place I want to see next for an autumn color chart. Since clocks have been changed it is getting dark already at 5 pm, just enough time to study the trunk of a beech tree and those bigger branches of the tree top.
The next blog posts are dedicated to drawing tree branches. One of the mopst interesting parts of a branch is the base of the branch, the connection between the trunk and the branch. The older the tree and branches are the more a kind of “shoulder” gets visible. The pen drawing above shall illustrate these observations made on a young beech tree.
Even if a branch breaks at the very base or is removed artificially there will be always traces of the former opening to see on the bark.
The common hornbeam develops even stronger shoulders than beech trees.
The time is coming that our trees stand bare of leaves. Drawing trees in winter is a special delight as the beauty of their branches can be seen in full. At the same time vistas are possible that have been obscured by leaves during summer.
I found an interesting blog post about branching on sevensixfive with further thoughts on the Caspar David Friedrich aspects of trees.