This is the final stage of my efforts to depict a picturesque tree, a willow near a small creek. Recent studies on the picturesque and it´s ongoing mighty force in modern times yielded some interesting results.
Anyone who is interested in landscape painting or drawing will eventually hear and read about William Gilpin, the british reverend who was one of the leading opinion makers in aesthetics of landscape and visual art at the end of the 18th century. His writings on the picturesque, first planned as a means to make some money for his little school, have become one of the major sources for the theory of the picturesque, a concept that became part of the british culture and especially a part of the English landscape design and gardening.
There was time for another visit at the willow tree this afternoon. After one or two more sessions I expect that the drawing will have reached final stage. I took a short film this time , which will bring the subject even closer to you.
After more than two weeks I could return today for a 20-30 minute visit before daylight was gone to “my” willow tree. Yes, it is “my tree” as soon as it is in my sketchbook. The snow we had is almost gone and the little creek rushing by the willow was talking again to me, I remembered the Grimm fairy tale brother and sister.
Once the important forms and proportions are established the rest of a drawing falls more or less easy into place. Drawing from such a save basis is a bit like knitting. I enjoy to proceed slowly and to contemplate what I see in front of me. Such was my late afternoon today.
Back at home I found a friendly email from Mrs. Paula Briggs, member of the staff at Accessart.org.uk, a UK registered charity specializing in the visual arts. They run an interesting sketchbook space.
Most interesting for me as a German is, that the British Goverment is funding a sketchbook space as part of a learning revolution. I have to admit that there are impressive differences in Europe as to the culture of drawing. How comes ??
I had offered my little pamphlet “How to draw a tree” with a small markup. Blurb however likes to kill small profits on the way to the bookmakers. The payout treshhold is nailed at €17,50. Before they issue a stoneage cheque they deduct their fee of € 4.- per cheque first. My profits of € 20,17 arrived here as Euro 16,17 per cheque. After deduction of bank charges a rocking €2,67 landed in my bank acount. Thank you for the peanuts BLURB!
BLURB has received uncounted requests to implement PAYPAL since 2 years. Their promises to use PAYPAL were fulfilled onesided. BLURB accepts to be paid with PAYPAL, but does not use it the other way round. That´s pretty fair isn´t it?
So for the time being I have decided that the readers of my little pamphlet shall enjoy the mini-profits instead of the great guys in between as BLURB and the banks!