Day 6: A Pittsburgh Suburb

Day 6:
A Pittsburgh Suburb
Size: 3.5
x 2.5 inches / 9 x 6 cm
graphite pencil
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1) What
inspired this piece?
A Pittsburgh suburb! We
were driving through the suburbs to get to University
of Pittsburgh’s main Oakland campus for a graduation ceremony, and
I saw this tree in the sidewalk, old and completely thwarting the concrete.
That tree was inspiring.
2) Why did
you give it that title?
that’s where I was when I saw it.
3) Did you
use a photo reference or model?
Nope, I
was there in real life and drew it later from memory.
4) Is
there a story or message in this piece?
It had
just stopped raining, so there was water running down the road below the
sidewalks. And there were all these beautiful old trees lining the sidewalks.
I’m used to seeing young trees along the street because the township where I live always seems to
pull out the old ones and put in smaller younger ones. But here was this one old tree
with gnarled roots. Instead of cracking the sidewalks or becoming crippled,
the roots ran down along the edge of the curve. It was nature thwarting the
suburbs. Or perhaps the seamless coming together of nature and civilization. It felt like a resistance or a revolution somehow, if that doesn’t sound weird talking about a tree that way.
5) Any
other thoughts?

I really
like trees. Just take a look at the rest of my gallery.

This piece is part of a charity project.
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