|2/10/21 Cherry tree, Sunset Hill neighborhood (graphite on Strathmore Bristol smooth, 7" x 9", photo reference)|
This week’s tree-drawing lesson was on roots, and what surprising structures they can be. It’s easy to think of trees hiding their roots underground, but many have roots that are clearly visible – and some are as elaborate as branches.
This old cherry is a “sister” to the one I drew last week when we were studying trunks. It’s on the same block in the Sunset Hill neighborhood. Resembling the folded legs of someone sitting on the floor, the roots begin at the top of the trunk right below the branches and twist around before eventually digging underground. Other photos I took of the same tree show that the pavement next to it is badly cracked and buckling where the roots push continuously against soil, rock and concrete, seeking nourishment and stability. Trees are amazing!
|My indispensable desk easel.|