Tuesday, June 24, 2008

spring alder


I've now done one drawing for each season. This drawing honours the alder (Fearn, March 18 - April 14), which is associated with courage; the symbols of the hawk and the planet Mars are the supporting cast. The period of the vernal equinox is an extremely important period in the Celtic year and "it is still considered a crime to cut down a sacred alder tree and he who does is considered the cause of any trouble in the village".

I'm learning a lot about balancing the elements and the importance of composition when using this kind of even symmetry. It's a lot trickier than it looks!

PS I've been rated. Not sure if this is a good thing or not!

13 Comments:

Blogger citizen of the world said...

I like Mars behind the tree.

By the way, I was never able to figure out what the tree was leaning over the lake that you asked about. At first I thought it was a mimosa, but the leaves are wrong.

24/6/08 6:37 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

The balance is perfect.

The red ball of Mars and the green leaves play off each other wonderfully.

24/6/08 7:22 PM  
Blogger JafaBrit's Art said...

I agree about composition and it is something I am still challenged with. You pull it off beautifully. Great rating by the way :)

25/6/08 6:25 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Citizen: That Mars is a bit in your face I thought, but clearly it's Mars!

Anglea: Thanks and weirdly, after I re-photographed it (and re-posted the new photo) this morning the balance works better for me.

Jafa: Thanks -- I wish I was EXCELLENT but you know.

25/6/08 12:04 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

what do you do your drawings with?

25/6/08 1:17 PM  
Blogger nadine said...

Love it :-)

25/6/08 2:06 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Yes, another good balance. And I see Angela has picked up on the complementary elements. ( I bet the reason some people 'dislike' some art is because they don't understand colour relationships)
I could go on, but I shant!

25/6/08 3:43 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Leah: I use a combination of gel pens, markers like Sharpies, white pencil crayons, etc.

Nadine: Thanks!

Di: Thanks -- I had a hard time photographing this one so the green/red complement is a little hard to see, but I'm glad you both noticed it.

26/6/08 8:11 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Beautiful work and it's a delight to watch you growing and growing in your art.
By the way, you deserve a much higher rating than 8, so I gave you much higher than that.

26/6/08 10:47 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

wonderful once again! I love the mystical feel of these pieces.

26/6/08 2:55 PM  
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26/6/08 8:47 PM  
Blogger Donnnnn said...

Why hasn't anyone said,
"you're not getting alder,
you're getting better?"

Ok then, I will.

26/6/08 8:51 PM  
Blogger San said...

Mars and the hawk--two powerful energies to have in one's corner. They must be with you...up in the alder tree drawing your heart out.

27/6/08 9:18 PM  

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