Drawing to Inspire Bonsai Styling

I taught drawing to inspire styling your bonsai trees workshop to the Susquehanna Bonsai Club and to my club in Centre County, the Happy Valley Bonsai Club, over the last few months.

The images above show the progression of the drawing of the front and then the back of a ficus tree planted over rock.

We used squinting to see negative space, gesture drawing with charcoal, geometric drawing with light pencil and contour drawing with dark pencil, all combined to truly become keenly aware of our tree and to plan where to go next.  This type of drawing can help a novice to truly listen to their tree before and during styling. 

Great Horned Owl @ Shaver’s Creek by Ann Taylor-Schmidt

I donated this lovely little color pencil, graphite, acrylic medium and gouache piece of mixed media to the Art Alliance of Central PA for a September fundraiser. This subtle 5″ x 7″ on archival cream paper was adhered with wrapped edges to a 3/4″ block of sanded birch plywood with hardware for hanging. I hope its new owner enjoys it.

I included an excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden, on the edge.

I rejoice that there are owls … [like] the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have.  – H.D. Thoreau

Great Horned Owl Thoreau by Ann Taylor-SchmidtWebSmall

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