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July 13th, 2019

Tree Trunks

ARTIST: Don Gore, United States
ARTIST STATEMENT: I essentially always carry one or more sketchbooks on all of my daily travels. We were in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC and a simple view of the sun coming through the leaves of the trees caught my eye. The layers of the trees and the leaves as they recessed into the landscape created the scene I wanted to capture. I began by drawing the shapes between the foreground trees and let them create an almost abstract rhythm of negative space. Spotting in a few leaves to give the impression of what were literally thousands of small objects blowing in the wind. It was a pretty quick initial sketch to capture the scene. I added the simple bits of watercolor to fill in the spaces between the “tree trunks” and you see the result. I love the Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbooks for this type of sketch because they take the pen and ink so well and I don’t have to worry about adding the watercolor over the top. They can take all of the water and pigment that I want to apply. This sort of sketch is helpful for me to remember that simpler is often better. I have a tendency to get hung up on details and waste a lot of time on things that don’t really matter in telling the story or capturing the essence of what I am recording. I’m happy with the result I managed to achieve with this sketch.

MEDIA: Pen, ink and watercolor.
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I’ve enjoyed drawing since I was a young boy. It was never really anything more though than what any kid might draw or imagine. A few years ago, I bought the book “An Illustrated Life” by Danny Gregory. I read it cover to cover that same day. I was hooked by the notion of incorporating drawing into everyday life. There is great freedom in creating without limits or guidelines and there is not a right or wrong to it. My only regret is that it took me until I was nearly 50 years old to make the discovery. Through the process of creating my drawings, it makes me take the time to really stop, see, smell and feel the places I visit. I love sharing what I do and have met so many great people who stop to see and ask what I’m doing. I am not a professional artist. I simply do what I do because it makes me happy.

WEBSITE: www.dongore.com
INSTAGRAM: @dongore50
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5uj9LTm10g&amp%3Bt=1s

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