OLIVE TREE NEAR FOURFOURAS, roller ball pen, Sketchbook Crete, 2009 courtesy Albrecht Rissler.
Today I want to point out to a recent addition to the blogroll of this blog “drawing landscape” by Albrecht Rissler. For all those who are interested in drawing landscapes and trees this new weblog will be a resource of inspiration. The drawing of an old olive tree speaks for itself! I recommend to study the magnified version of the image.
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 ??
Some time of the last hours in 2009 I have spent sitting in front of a willow tree, which I want to have in the collection of ink drawings made in an indian landscape book,which is in fact a photo album with a cover made from an old sari.
In this sketchbook I work slowly with a very controlled hand, the image shows the initial step of the ink drawing. I worked from the left top to the bottom and then back up on the right side establishing the outline of the big trunk. There was a beautiful atmosphere, the small creek carried a lot of water and was speaking in a thousands voices. Fog was slowly flowing in to the small valley, which I captured as panorama photo with Iphone and the Pano-Application, which I noticed thanks to Doc Searls.