- Cross-Section: Water Locust: Lichen Elimination, The long, sharp thorns of a water locust tree eliminate a lichen threat, 22 x 23 3/4 in.
- Cross-Section: Water Locust: Lichen Elimination, DETAIL
- Cross-Section: Lichen Indicator (2021) drawing on graph paper Some arborists consider excessive lichen to be an indicator of disease or weakness, 22 x 24 in.
- Cross-Section: Lichen Indicator, DETAIL, 2021
- Cross-Section: Double Sunset, (2021) drawing on graph paper An illusion created while driving through the steep hills of Southern Illinois, 22 x 24 in.
- Cross-Section: Double Sunset, DETAIL, 2021
- Cross-Section: Through the Willow Oak, (2021) drawing on graph paper Looking at the night sky through a hollow tree stump, 20 ½ x 23 3/8 in.
- Cross-Section: Through the Willow Oak, DETAIL 2021
Recently, I have explored the dichotomous forces of nature by researching trees surrounding my old farmhouse in Southern Illinois. For several years replicating their huge scale was a major factor in my work. “Revolving,” a 46-foot-long drawing, cycles through the four seasons of the year.
After “Revolving” my focus turned to “Cross-Section” drawings on various graph papers. Using the circular format of “Revolving,” these works concentrate on the pattern and movement of the bark that protects and strengthens each tree.
I also create mapworks or “Visual Biographies” on commission only.
© Mel Watkin