Here’s another throwback to the art class that Chris and I took last fall. For this homework assignment we were asked to find some fallen leaves and sketch them in pencil, paying as close attention as possible to the shading. I chose a small cluster of tulip tree leaves from our yard. Until living on Harding Avenue, I had never even heard of a tulip tree.
By the time we were given this art assignment, Chris was pregnant with Kira and we were well on our way to finding a new home in which to start our family. There’s a little bit of sentimental value to this drawing as such because while living in the house I developed a love-hate relationship with that tree. On the one hand, it shed constantly on the deck, yard, and gutters, but on the other hand, it was a very pretty and unique tree that shaded the deck quite nicely in the summer.
Most of the attempts I made at recreating images on paper were done in pencil and looked terrible. It only took a little bit of advice and a week to produce something that I’m quite proud of. I don’t think reproducing images of nature is quite where my interest in art lies but I’ll probably try something like this again in the future.