Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tree Habits ... student reference studies and demonstrations

"Tree Habits"
refers to characteristic appearance, form, or manner of growth,
that is distinctive to a particular species of tree.
The following examples are reference samples for illustrating
a variety of our Watauga County trees.Pine Tree Habit... Straight trunk, opposite attaching branches, shallow V or obtuse angle for branching, cluster textures for evergreen appearance.
The link below will take you to a short video demonstration of this technique.
Oak Tree Habit.... thick straight trunk, thick alternate branching, right angle attached to trunk then turning upward.
Click on the following link to view the video of this rendering technique.
Oak tree demo here

Birch Tree Habit.... Thin curved trunk, alternate and curving branches, curving thin limbs to twigs. The link below will take you to a short demonstration video of this technique.

Birch Tree Demo here

Willow Tree Habit.... Short broken trunk, thick branching, curved draping limbs and twigs. The link below will send you to a short video demonstration of this technique:

Willow tree demo here

Apple Tree Habit.... Short Broken trunk, thick branching, short downward curved limbs and straight spiking twigs. Follow this link to a short demonstration of the technique for this apple tree habit:

Apple tree demo here

Locust Tree Habit.... Curving trunk, long branches and limbs that curve and stay close to trunk .Hemlock Tree Habit.... Straight trunk, opposite branching, curving upward with great lenght, limbs curve upward and in, some textural clustering at tips.

Hemlock tree demo here

Memory inking of Green Valley Pitch Pine. Brush and india ink.

Read more about this tree in the archives or link to:

Pitch Pine pages here

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Zen of Laurel

Sumi Simplicity....the Zen of Laurel

Haiku for Mother Tree

Heritage vanished
Chestnut family felled dead
quietly gone extinct.
swPerhaps the largest standing Chestnut Tree on the Eastern Seaboard. We named her the "Mother Tree". We kept it secret for a long, long time.
Our neighbors were the first to find it. There were no offspring.

Now they have logged all over the ridge around it. I wonder what shape it is currently in and could I still find it? Someday, I'll get back over there.

These two photos were taken in 2006 after it had fallen;
about five years later than the first one shown above ...

Mother Tree pictures and story anonymously contributed by participant to protect the location and well being of the remaining solid wood.

Now looking for more Chestnut tree stories and pictures to share.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Moonlight night trees

These are examples of ink and brush illustrations of trees.

The color was added with watercolor and brush after the ink has set.

Follow the link below to view other Artists Heritage Trees

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Green Valley Pitch Pine .... A Local Champion Tree

This Pitch Pine Tree is safely protected within the Green Valley Community Park in Watauga County and is registered with the state of North Carolina as a Champion Tree. Now seeking information, history, and stories associated with this Heritage Tree.

What is a North Carolina Champion Tree?
Follow this link out:

Memory inking of Green Valley Pitch Pine. Brush and india ink.