Saturday, January 4, 2014

Black Locust Redux

1/4/14 Platinum Carbon ink, Kuretake Bimoji brush pen, watercolor, Canson Montval 140 lb. paper
I’m the first to admit that I don’t know a thing about trees. So after sketching this black locust in my neighborhood that I had sketched once before in September, I did a quick Wikipedia search to learn a little about Robinia pseudoacacia. What made me curious is that although it’s obviously deciduous, it still has a bunch of brownish “stuff” all over it – not leaves, exactly, since those have all fallen off, but the limbs are definitely not completely bare. I’m guessing that the stuff is “winter buds,” as described by Wikipedia: “Minute, naked, three or four together, protected in a depression by a scale-like covering lined on the inner surface with a thick coat of tomentum and opening in early spring; when forming are covered by the swollen base of the petiole.”

Ummm, OK. Anyway, I misjudged the tree’s proportions and had to chop off the beautifully rounded top. I’ll sketch it again soon and make sure I get the full tree this time.

(Yes, that is a blue sky behind that tree! It’s chilly out there, but it’s great to see the sun after days of sullen grayness.)


  1. Chopping off the top of the tree emphasizes its height. Curious that this same effect doesn't happen when I chop off the top of the church steeple :-)

    Cheers -- Larry

  2. LOL I love the technical explanation for what is on the tree. Nice sketch...and I don't mind the top being cropped off.


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