Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Book forest

I have been in a beech forest for the first time of my life. I´ve seen beech trees before but they don´t grow up in the north of Sweden where I come from, so standing in the middle of that forest on a sunny day was a bit special.

In Swedish, the beech tree is called “bok”, which can also mean book. Which of course always leads to a lot of bad jokes about libraries as soon as we set foot in a beech wood…

Anyways. Magnificent trees. I managed to sit down for a while and capture one in my sketchbook, and spending time looking at that tree made me think that trees are like people in that they have very different body languages. The beech tree looks proud and strong (but kind), the birch-tree is kind of happy and calm, the pine is quiet and lonely and the spruce looks a bit gloomy, perhaps lacking a bit of self-confidence...

8 comments:

Lin said...

FANTABULOUS!! Love your branching, the colors!! RICH AND WONDERFUL!

Sue said...

OH Nina! YOur beech is a delight. We are Beholden to you for creating this Bold Beauty.

Linda T said...

Beautiful!!

Mevrouw Walvis said...

Oh my. I'm speechless. How lovely!

Lindsay said...

Really lovely Nina! I totally agree with you about trees being individuals!

Anna said...

Beautiful trees! Did you use watercolor or ink?

Ger O'Rourke said...

Beautiful! We are very lucky to have a beech tree growing at the front of our house...no matter what the season it is always beautiful.

Nel said...

Oh, my. All your work is wonderful, I love the gentleman in the park, but this one really, really caught my eye. How lovely. Great work, thanks for the inspiration.