Autumn Dryad

This week’s Life Book lesson was a bonus lesson taken by Jenny Wentworth.  The idea was to paint a tree intuitively using layers of watercolour paint, the tree growing from a seed that represented hopes and aspirations, and Wentworth added a female face into her tree trunk so that it became a personification.

I experienced a real creative block with the lesson.  I just could not find a way to get started.  I even considered skipping the lesson entirely but I am too anal retentive and it didn’t sit right with me to not complete every single lesson in the course.  I told myself I would postpone it until I came up with an idea that worked for me.  Then my kids – so often a source of inspiration to me – came to my rescue.  I asked about their day at school and they asked me what art I had been doing.  I explained that I was creatively stuck.  They wanted to know what the lesson was about and I explained what Wentworth’s painting looked like as a potential outcome.  “So like a lady Groot?” my 8 year old asked.  Ping.  Light bulb.  That was my inspiration: I could anthropomorphise a tree!

I used watercolour and created the small branches and twigs by blowing the paint with a straw.  I may not have painted intuitively or used lots of layers of watercolour but that was my nod to being less controlling with the outcome.  I did not want to lose the shapes the branches had created plus the leaves are rapidly falling off the trees so I decided to make her an Autumn tree.  My 10 year old said she looks like a Dryad.  Whether Marvel comics or Greek mythology, the lesson got done and it only took me the time in which dinner was cooking.

Week 44 - Autumn Dryad