Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Third Season of Maples

5/7/13 Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor, Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook
Last fall these particular maple trees at Green Lake were glorious in their full color for so long that I sketched them twice – once in October and again in November. Then they took so long to lose all their leaves that I didn’t get around to (nor was I inclined to, given the cold and rain) sketching them in winter mode until early March.
Since then, I’ve been impatiently waiting to see the first buds. Spring officially began months ago, but it’s taken until this week for these maples to get the memo – and it seemed to have happened overnight. It probably didn’t hurt that we’ve had temperatures in the 70s and even 80s the past week. Suddenly the barely visible buds have turned into tiny serrated leaves halfway between green and yellow.
I’ll wait a month or two and sketch them again at the peak of summer.

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