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"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story." ~Linda Hogan
Drawings & Sketches
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Tree Drawings & Sketches
Some of my earliest memories involve trees; some of my best memories too. I've always enjoyed being around them. I suppose I've always found them to be good company. I say 'company' referencing the fact that they are living beings. Their being has it's own traits and character. And within all and each of them there is a being that offers so much to us; to this planet; to their own existence; maybe to angels too. So important are they to the earth that every life form is, in one way or another, impacted by them. They are central to the composition of land and critically important to the cleanliness of oceans, seas and all the air upon the earth. They are what makes a healthy respiratory system for this planet. Yet they are local; they are comforting; they are beautiful. Aside from the very air we breath, they lift us to a higher level of living. They have enabled humans to grow more civilized via their value to yield essential foods, products, fuels and a resource with virtually unlimited building potential. How important are trees? The value of trees extends from planetary to personal. They impact us on every level; there being is felt from the ground to the heavens. ~GH
© Greg Hochman
Below drawing: Inspired by a Threadleaf Japanese Maple at Marquand Park in Princeton, NJ
Below drawing: Trees are great landmarks and reminders of experiences and places for me. The below drawing is drawn from a tree in an 18th century gouache (pronounced: gwash) painting of the Howquans Garden, which is in Peabody-Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. Many of the trees above and below from particular places.
Below drawing: Based on an old weeping beech from Alentown, NJ.
Below drawing: Inspired by on an old copper beech from Alentown, NJ.
Below drawing: Also inspired by the old copper beech from Alentown, NJ.