STORY BEHIND THE ART OF Claudia Lane

 
Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens
The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial
 

Maidenhair Tree

Ginkgo biloba
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
 

Fun! To me ginkgo trees look fun. A typical young ginkgo tree has a static profile marked by limbs sticking out stiffly from a straight trunk, while the leaves wrap in graceful, swirling patterns, encasing the rigid branches like soft sleeves. Add to that its environmental value as a pollution-fighter. Then consider its heritage as a "living fossil" from the age of the dinosaurs - what's not to like?

 

Pen and ink seem made for ginkgoes. The linear quality of the leaf veins, with their gently contoured, triangular shapes, produce interesting patterns and challenging foreshortening. These attributes lend themselves to the crisp clarity of pen & ink. I decided to focus on the tree's playful personality. I enjoyed working within the constraint of a square format, employing Koh-I-Noor rapidograph pens on Strathmore 4-ply plate-finish Bristol board. 
 
 
 
 
  • © 2015 Claudia Lane
    Maidenhair Tree
    Ginkgo biloba
    Pen and ink on paper
    12" x 12"