Growth patterns of lichen are often sinuous and complicated, radiating out from a centre or developing along a line. The rate of growth is often very very slow. It is as if a giant sits down and slowly scribbles on rocks and twigs – inscrutable inscriptions that we ponder over and enjoy. Dessicated leaves, fossils and small creatures add to the sense of richness – layers of time laid one on another.
Trees & landscape
Sometimes the landscape drawings are more diagrammatic – field patterns dotted with flattened shapes of trees. Sometimes they are more spatial and topographical – volumes of rock and tree set against the misty void of clouds, wind & rain. Colour starts to creep into the drawings.
Charnwood rocks & birches has this text below the drawn image: Memories of skylarks and foxes, butterflies and bilberries, spuggies squabbling, smell of heather, grass swaying, bracken clinging, dark sombre granite keeping vigil over our brief lives.
Notebook & other studies
From the collections of things found on walks, I often select one item and study it more closely. The shapes of dried, battered, trampled clumps of grass are particularly interesting.