Thursday, January 6, 2011

House No. 6: Tree House



House No. 6: Tree House
ink on repurposed 100% cotton rag cover stock
5 in. x 5 in.
006/365; 01/06/11

Trees are living homes to birds, squirrels, and insects, and, even dead, trees are an important part of an ecosystem. Dead trees provide homes and food sources for animals and birds, particularly woodpeckers and flickers.

After reading My Side of the Mountain, I had a childhood dream of living inside a giant, hollow tree. (Then after re-reading this novel as an adult, I was dismayed by how environmentally irresponsible the book is. The fifties were a different time. A time when it was okay to steal Peregrine Falcon chicks and raise them yourself, but I digress.)

I drew today's home using a tiny stencil to create the tree's leaves. I cut the stencil out of an index card using an XACTO knife.

6 comments:

  1. very cool! i expect an elf to come out soon with a box of freshly baked cookies.

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  2. I'd love to see a whole illustrated children's book done this way!

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  3. Ah, the Keebler elves. It's funny that I hadn't thought of that, Nicole!

    Noah, remember when we were at Maymont & you showed us the giant Magnolia in which you could sit inside?

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  4. I like the children's book idea. I love your illustrations. You do them so well. ♥

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