Big Tree (Part 5)

27 Apr

This project has been around for some time now. Tomorrow marks an anniversary; I will have been working on this for two months. Am I ready for it to be done? Certainly. Am I enjoying it regardless? Absolutely!

There’s not much else to report about this at this time. More leaves, more bark, more tree…and that’s about it. 🙂 Anyway, I do hope you’ll enjoy seeing it. Thanks for looking!

Oak Tree (6)


Posted by on April 27, 2013 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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4 responses to “Big Tree (Part 5)

  1. D. Nelson Oman

    April 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I totally relate to your ambition. Do you struggle with over editing as well? Knowing when to say enough?

    • Jenna

      April 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Hi D. Nelson Oman. Thanks! I’m not entirely sure whether you’re referring to my art or to my thoughts written in this post, but if you mean the writing part, yes. I do a lot of creative writing (check out the “My Book” page if you’d like to learn more), so writing is as much a joy for me as art. However, there are days when writing has a more difficult time coming to me. Other times, I just go with my gut feeling and express whatever comes to mind without a second thought. Some days, it just happens, other days, it’s a lot of hard work.

      In regards to overworking an artwork, if that’s what you meant, I don’t worry about that too much. I’ve been drawing most all my life and have come to recognise the point when a drawing is finished. Most often, I work with dry media, and have realized that it is finished when I pick up my pen or pencil and it just wanders the page without finding a place to stop and work, that almost always means it’s finished. Sign it, spray it with fixative, and stick it on the wall or in the portfolio.

      Do you struggle with these things? I’ve had kind of a hard time finding many artists here on WordPress, so I appreciate your stopping in and commenting. Thank you much! 🙂

      • D. Nelson Oman

        April 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        You know, it’s funny. And please forgive any typos, I’m responding on my phone. I struggle with over editing and over working pieces all if the time. I find myself having to say to myself, “It’s done, walk away.” I’m now understanding that this is part of my process.

        I myself am starting to write in conjunction with my art to allow myself space to talk to myself about my process. I am going some interesting places. Check out my post if you get a chance. Your tree is very beautiful.


      • Jenna

        April 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Yes, I can see how that is difficult. I try to just go with my heart and not think too hard. Art should, if nothing else, always be fun, relaxing, and a labor of love. If it “feels” done and you feel content with it, call it finished. That’s my opinion anyway, but every artist needs to find his/her own way as they go. What I love about art is that it’s a constant learning experience. It can never be fully mastered…mistakes will always be made, and that helps artists to keep going back to create again, hoping to put their newly-learned lessons to work. 🙂

        I checked out your blog and really enjoyed and appreciated your thoughts on creativity. There’s a lot of food for thought there and some really interesting points! 🙂

        Thanks again, N!


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