This very distinctive and characterful beech tree sits on the lip of a hollow in the hillside at Selborne, its triangular mass of exposed roots gracefully supporting it. I started to draw it on A3 paper but it didn’t feel right, so I switched to A2, creating my largest fountain pen drawing to date. I can see a number of faces in both the source and the drawing, and the cheif of those seems to me to wearing a somewhat enigmatic expression – which was the inspiration for the title.
Ink on paper, approx. 40 x 52 cm
Media note: Noodler’s bulletproof black ink on Daler-Rowney Smooth heavyweight paper (220gsm, acid-free)