STORY BEHIND THE ART OF Wendy Hollender

 
20th Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists & The Horticultural Society of New York
 
 

Himalayan Pine Dancer

Pinus wallichiana
 

I was walking by this tree one day and couldn’t help but notice that the needles and flowers seemed to look like dancers. I thought it would be fun to try and draw one grouping as if it was a dancer maybe a hula dancer. I decided to enlarge the subject to create a dramatic composition that may at first appear as the dancer rather than the bundle of needles on the tree. In the end I did decide to add in a life size cone with a group of needles just for context.

This was a truly challenging subject to draw and paint. There were so many overlaps that it was hard to work on this for very long. I would paint in a few needles and take a break. I tried not to rush the painting but I will admit that there were days I found it hard to work on because it was making my dizzy. I would often lose my place and forget what needle I was working on. Eventually I got to all of them emphasizing the overlapping elements to give depth.

This is the first time I have tried to take a botanical subject and make it look a bit like something else. I do wonder if people will see what I saw in this subject.

 
 
 
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  • © 2017 Wendy Hollender
    Himalayan Pine Dancer
    Pinus wallichiana
    Colored pencil and watercolor on paper
    30 x 22 inches