It started with a tree. Something about the texture of the bark appealed to me, so I took a picture.
Then I examined the image on my computer, and pondered what the image was saying to me. Did it need altering? Was it worth keeping?
Every time I looked at it, I was drawn to a small, cartoonish face just off center. I decided to sketch that face, and work outwards from there.
The image moved left and right of the face, but I felt compelled to set the two halves of the photo on top of one another, so the sketch no longer resembled the original.
Then, using a fine brush, I traced all of my pencil marks with dark paint. Noting that the bark was not one colour, I then added a second shade. When all of that dried, I wet the paper and blotted in two more colours, let the water work its will.
I repeated the steps again for more vibrancy.
What emerged was this old tree, with the profile of an ancient, and so I’ve titled the piece “Storyteller”.
This is a new approach to art for me, but I am so excited about the process that I’m working on a similar one based on a rock formation.
What do you see in the old tree trunk?