This is a monochrome mixed media drawing and collage of a tree. I am mostly inspired by nature but for the first time wanted to take a very different approach to the standard representation of a tree and decided to try to show what an exploding tree could look like. As this violent activity is abhorrent I decided to use a limited colour palette of black, white and grey to create a sense of a dark moody atmosphere. To do this piece, I expressively drew one tree in abstract form using graphite, charcoal, pastel and chalk. I enlarged the drawing using a photocopier and cut the image to produce collage material. I created the ground with expressive and energetic marks both with and without a brush, using acrylic paint, carbon paper, ink, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel and graphite and created further collage material of foliage using the same media and similar techniques.
Study of the Trunk of an Elm Tree
Great Britain, Uk (painted)
ca. 1821 (painted)
John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)
Oil on paper
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