Sunday, 22 October 2017

Module 5-Chapter 1-Texture in Landscape

These first pics have been taken in a wood close to my home. It is a part of a big area where people were extracting  iron ore which contributed to the wealth of our country in the 19th and 20th century. The extraction of iron ore changed the landscape dramatically. Now nature has reconquered it's territory and "ment its wounds". Some new plants like wild orchids now grow there. I want to concentrate on the wood in this area.

For a longer period in my life I had been running there with a group of ladies and I know every little path and corner. It all ended when I started working and didn't have so much time but it's there where I go to when I'm feeling down and want to be alone.

During the walk in which I took these pictures I felt close to this part of nature and realized how much I missed it. I concentrated on special textures and walked through the woods like Alice in Wonderland, stopping every few seconds to admire all the wonderful textures and stroking the trees. It was a good thing I was on my own.

The following pics mainly concentrate on three barks but also on what happened on the floor and on man made marks.

I decided to make my own sketchbook and used A3 black paper binded by bookbinder screws.

1a: a pic altered with Picasa, first twisted, then turned into black and white.Not a real "texture" pic though, but the lines show a pattern that could be reproduced into textured ones.

1b; raindroplets on grass, enlarged

1c: enlarged seed head

Looking onto the floor

1d: fallen pine needles (enlarged)

1e: man-made marks: mountain-bike tyre marks showing interesting pattern with raised and recessed areas

1f: beautiful texture here. It looks as if flat pieces of wood were attaced to a surface

1h: another tree bark with interesting shapes

1g: lichen on tree bark, irregular shapes

1i: round flat shapes

1j: diamond shapes,  textured

Looking up, looking down

1k: pine needles
1l: feather on forest ground

1m: unfortunately this photo turned out blurred. the ridges are not sharp but gently curved

1n: enlarged pine cone, square shapes

1p: another example of man-made marks:

This "curtain" made of ropes is a tribute to the men working in the iron ore industry. Apparently it was inspired by our group of running ladies.
The "curtain is hanging from an old abandoned bridge called "the black bridge"

Split trees revealing their "inner" lives

1q: curved lines
1r: sharp pointed edges

1s: another treed bark covered with lichen (?) showing a very fine irregular texture

1t: another example of a pine cone, overlapping triangular, ondulating shapes

Peeling tree barks:



1w: moss on tree bark, soft and furry

Looking at plants:


1x: fern leaves and their seeds

Heavily textured barks


Man-made: stairs

I finally would like to share a few more pics, I could have added many more and I certainly will at some stage, but I feel at the moment like going with Chapter 2