Big Pine :: Gros pin

A while later, at Fontainebleau, he found himself “lying on the bank of a cart-road in the sand, with no prospect whatever but a small aspen tree against the blue sky.” He described how, “languidly, but not idly, I began to draw it; and as I drew, the languor passed away: the beautiful lines insisted on being traced, — without weariness. More and more beautiful they became, as each rose out of the rest, and took its place in the air. With wonder increasing every instant, I saw that they ‘composed’ themselves, by finer laws than any known of men. Thus, Ruskin came to embrace the essential principle of direct and unaffected experience of the physical world.
— John Ruskin, Artist & Observer by Christopher Newall, National Gallery of Canada

The above quote touches me immensely, and with this quote in mind, I painted this beautiful specimen of a pine tree. Alas without the grace of Ruskin’s art but certainly an honest attempt.

Cette citation me touche beaucoup et avec elle en tête, je suis partie à la recherche d’un beau spécimen… et voici ce superbe pin. Hélas, sans la grâce de l’artiste Ruskin, mais un honnête effort quand même.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series
Colours: Winsor Blue, New Gambodge, Winsor Red and Burnt Umber
Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: St. Georges Road, Rigaud, Québec, Canada