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Room to Grow American Basswood Drawing

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45°F
Overcast, Fog

Chorus frogs sing in the background. Heavy fog in the air. Moss covers trunks and branches so thick, it’s as if spring is crawling up the trees.

The wind sways low basswood branches causing them to move side to side, like the nodding of the head implying, no.

Steady drizzle now.
There is peace in the trees as they grow their moss…a slow calmness. Slow is nice.

American Basswood

The American Basswood takes advantage of the space when it has room to grow. Lower limbs grow downward and sprawl out far. This particular basswood had many lovely burls and a carpet of moss and lichen covering them.

American Basswood

The drawing in the first picture was done with graphite and pastel pencils on Strathmore Toned Tan paper.

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Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing

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Not snow, but sap. And after you handle the pine cone, you realize the sap is like superglue on your fingers… but it has the most amazing pine scent, so you don’t seem to mind that you’re a mess.  Ha ha ha!

I found this pine cone while hiking and knew it would look great on toned tan paper I purchased recently from Strathmore. Starting with #2 pencil, I outlined the shape of the cone. Next I added a touch of red with a Sanguine Conté Crayon. Taking a #B6 pencil, I shaded the inner parts of the cone to give it depth. Next, I highlighted the edges of the cone with a white Conté Crayon for the sap. Lastly, I outlined with a navy blue sharpie fine tip pen. Usually I use a black Micron pen to outline, however I believe the blue made it pop.

Toned paper is great for shade value practice. Maybe you can find some nature goodies and practice at home!