Friday, May 1, 2009

Sky calligraphy





Every tree has something to say to those who bother to look. While out for a walk one day in Birr town in County Offaly, Ireland I came upon a lovely garden on the grounds of Wilcot B & B. The branches of this dead tree stood out because of their graphic quality against the overcast sky. The strange beauty drew me away from the lushness of the leaves and blossoms everywhere esle in the garden. What were their secret messages?

7 comments:

Sherwood Harrington said...

Lovely images, as usual, Margaret.

Where is this B&B? Diane and I would love to poke around its gardens when we return to Birr next year.

Margaret Ryall said...

Sherwood,
The property was for sale when we were there last year. When you come out through the main demesne gates and turn right it is just across the street. I'm planning a garden visit (in photos) for my next post.

Miki Willa said...

Great images. You have a wonderful eye.

Tina said...

Oh what wonderful paintings these would make.

Mary Buek said...

I have always been tempted to use the tracery of tree branches as marking in paintings. Your pictures reinforce that possibility. Beautiful.

Margaret Ryall said...

Mary,
These markings are making their way into paintings. I am still at the thought stage, wondering just how I will execute them. They were the beginnings of paintings when I took them. You could never invent this design yourself - it takes nature.
Miki,
It was your pastel piece of the eagle and tree that made me hunt down these photos from last year. Isn't blogland a wonderful source of artistic inspiration? I love how my mind is constantly linking and evolving with new work ideas.

Margaret Ryall said...

Tina,
You are reading my mind. They make me think about using oil paint which I haven't done in years. I think they demand a certain richness I can't always achieve with acrylics. Still thinking what's best...