From Yardwork to Artwork: The Photinia Story Part Three

branch iv

branch lines I 6.6.16

After the success of From Yardwork to Artwork: The Photinia Story Part One and Part Two,  today Part Three will feature the photinia branches themselves that I have discovered make such versatile drawing tools.

branch v

One branch in particular has become a favourite as it takes on so many roles as you will see in the video later in the post.  The wonderful marks it can make depend on so many factors. They can be either broad or fine depending on the angle at which it is being held it, and opaque or transparent depending on the pressure exerted. Plus the extra bonus is the frottage that the underlying wood of the drawing board produces within the lines themselves.

I think I’ll let the bough take a bow.

branch x

Why not find your own branch, buy some drawing ink and paper, and make your own branch lines. Let me know how it goes.

branch viii

branch lines II 6.6.16

branch ii      branch iii

branch ix

branch lines III 7.6.16

over my shoulder IV – the making of branch lines III

If you would like to see more over my shoulder videos here are the links:

over my shoulder I

over my shoulder II

over my shoulder III

Life Imitates Art

The texture of the lines reminded me of figure drawings of mine from over thirty years ago, which I have now taken out from a drawer in the studio and pinned to the studio wall. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming next.

figures i

Finally, I’m linking today’s post to this week’s Discover Challenge: Origin Story for two reasons.

First, The Photinia Story Parts One, Two, and Three are all about the origin of an image and the story behind how it is created.

Second, and the main reason with Father’s Day so close at hand, is to dedicate this post to the memory of my late father who set me on the path of making art from a very early age. He was an amateur artist himself and this painting of his hangs proudly in my office at home. It is a constant reminder of the true gentle man that he was.


Thanks Dad


  1. wonderful use of ink… and twigs! that little twist of creativity and imagination is absolutely delightful. I do love it when I see someone acknowledge a parent/grandparent. I enjoyed seeing your father’s work, loose and stylish and hinting at things….fabulous. Great post Andrew. 🙂

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  2. Oh, what a beautiful post. Watching you do these lines is a bit… I’d say prahistoric, but that would be silly. Primordial? As in – let’s grab a tool and make lines for lines’ sake, not for survival? And how you link to your father and let us see his work is a bit magical. Thank you both. And to the bush (or is it a tree?)

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