Friday, November 6, 2009

Collections: Nature - Pen & Ink Contour Drawing of Hemlock Cones

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copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Little Cones from Hemlock Trees
approx. 8"h x 5"w
Pen & Ink on Fabriano HP watercolor paper

It's been raining here almost everyday since we returned from France and it's gray, gray, gray outside. I've been more inclined to work in black & white right now, which seems odd since you'd think I'd want to work on something colorful. No, sometimes I get really tired of working in color everyday. Besides, I love pen & ink drawing - especially line contour drawing (blind or not blind). So I've been doing contour drawings of a bunch of what I think are cones from hemlock trees. Picked these up in a small wooded park near my house. I'm not really sure if they are from hemlocks, though they are very small - too small to be from a pine tree. Are pines & hemlocks related? Probably...what would I know!?! lol Guess I need to study some hardwood tree books ... no, no, no more books!!
Edit: What do you know?! I'm not as uninformed about trees as I thought. Hemlocks are indeed in the Pine family. See this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga

Still writing and re-writing posts about my trip to the Limousin in October. Getting there, but there's too many pics to choose from and my cat "Sacha" isn't helping me - no, she's just sleeping, eating, and pestering me.

tot ziens,
Judy
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