Trying to be a tree

Observing the world of plants and trees is different from humans in many ways. Firstly, they move in very subtle ways unlike human beings always in motion and secondly, drawing them is less about capturing muscular composition but more about the relationships that are shared between two leaves or how leaves are wrapped around a branch. The trees I chose to draw captured me because of their colour and big leaves.

My gaze was fixed on the subject while I drew the various relationships among leaves and branches without moving my eyes to what I was drawing. My attempt was to capture how a branch was giving birth to another and how the leaves sprouted from it- individually or in clusters. The leaves in direct sunlight appeared softer and smaller- they were also red in colour. At first glance, they looked like flowers on a tree.

While drawing the tree at Swarn Jayanti Park- capturing the shape of foliage was getting very hard as I had started by drawing individual leaves with a pen. It was easier to draw the shape of the tree in the case of Naharpur because I choose watercolour to make blobs of colour.

Drawing trees demands a lot of concentration and focus as once the gaze goes from subject to paper it is not easy to find back that leaf where you were focusing. Getting an idea of the overall structure of arrangement patterns in trees does help in drawing them. Going from a leaf to a branch to the tree is a better path to understanding and trying to be a tree.