Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Heart of the Tree

Sometimes if I don't know what I'm going to make, I pull out my sketch book and make a few drawings and then something always comes to me. That's what I did the other evening. The progression of my sketches was interesting to me, so I thought I'd post them for you to see.

I started out with trees in windows. You might recall the ceramic window I did last year. I intended to get back to making ceramic windows, but life got in the way. I still plan on making some in the future.

Next I made two more sketches of trees, one with three main branches. The one on the left looks like the torso of a person to me. The one on the right is starting to look suspiciously like a tree I made a couple of weeks ago.

Later I drew more sketches and started to develop the idea of making a triptych which on my to do list. Tree imagery keeps coming back to me again and again, like this tree sculpture which I made last year.

The last drawing I made is the one below. I liked this one the best. I think the triptych looks better with the two side panels smaller than the center one. I started to make this piece, but as you can see in the first photo, I didn't. I only made a single piece and it's round rather than squared off. I didn't have enough of this clay to make a triptych. I plan on making a triptych one of these days though.

I like how the tree branches look open and welcoming, like arms open and welcoming. The big knot in the right center looks like the 'heart of the tree', the heart of a welcoming person. The Jugtown Museum post will be next time instead.


  1. I am a big fan of the tree- these look great Linda!

  2. Thanks for showing the progression of your thinking. Very interesting and I had no idea what went into a final piece.
    I really like the side panel effect.

  3. I just love this, Linda - the heart of a tree and its welcoming arms. Very nice. Its always fun to see your process.

  4. Hi Meredith, thanks, I guess we goth like trees, but who doesn't, right.

    Hi Patti, thanks, I'll have to do another one of these with the side panels, that will be fun.

    Hi Teresa, thanks, I already had this tree made, and after I read your post last night, I decided to post this tree instead of the next one because I was thinking more about your thoughts on the universe and of how nature embraces us if we let it and are open to what nature has to show and give us.

  5. Lovely tree, I've always been drawn to them. I enjoy seeing your process too!

  6. Hi Amber, thanks, glad you enjoyed the post.


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