The lofty beech is a common site on the chalk downs of southern England. Its shallow root system clings to the slopes and is often eroded by the elements, revealing a complex lattice. This drawing is a distillation of the many companionable beeches that I have seen and drawn, with particular reference to the trees on the henge at Avebury, Wiltshire, which is where I first really noticed the phenomenon and became fascinated by it.

Three Beeches on a Hill

ink on paper, <A3, £60 unmounted

Media note: The ink is Platinum Carbon Ink, which is effectively a refined Indian Ink (a very black, fadeproof, waterproof ink made from soot), used with the same company’s specially designed “Carbon” fountain pen. The drawing was done on A3 Fabriano Accademia paper.


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