Ghostly Trees

I did this drawing in 2005. The original is 13” x 19”. I used several types of pencils, mainly a #5H, F, 6B & 9H. No charcoal. Although I thought about it. I started out to create a forest scene with lots of dancing shadows. The fence added the necessary challenge in perspective. As I got deeper into the process, the leaves became darker and darker at the top. The trees refused to put anything on. They demanded total nudity. Stark naked. At first I wrestled with this. A drawing with blank trees? Then it came to me. Ghostly trees.

Ghostly Trees

It could happen. Ghost forests.

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About Kathleen Franks

Kathleen Franks is a writer, artist, storyteller, and community volunteer based in Berkeley, CA
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