You may have heard of ‘outside art’ before – but how about letting a tree sketch the next picture to adorn your living room wall? British artist Tim Knowles has created an amazing project to create Tree Drawings — images created by pens attached to tree branch tips!

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The old adage that ‘nature does it best’ often applies to art and design undertakings, not to mention images of majestic wilderness and impressive tracts of open landscape. Consider also, mesmerizing examples of the Fibonacci series and the golden mean in both art history and organic architecture as well as biomimicry in contemporary design. But the notion of ‘nature as artist’, or rather as an eco-agent of sorts in automatic drawing, is definitely a new take on environmental interpretation. British artist Tim Knowles has set the stage for plein-air performance art with his poetic and uncomplicated Tree Drawings created by, you guessed it, the branch tips of trees!

Tree Drawings are produced using simple drawing tools attached as freehand extensions to the tips of tree branches. In collaboration with the wind and local weather conditions, calligraphic gestures and automatic drawing readings are recorded on paper. The amazing thing about Knowles’ Tree Drawings is the unmistakable signatures that each drawing reveals as an indication of the unique characteristics and even genus/species of a specific tree.

4 Panel Weeping Willow” (2006), for example, included 50 pens suspended from the branches of a Weeping Willow tree over four panels placed horizontally beneath the tree. The drawing is accompanied by a looped video of its production.

Tree Drawings are pure magic using only the purest art ingredients. Move over abstract expressionists, post-modern arborism is casting a deep, all-knowing shadow on you.

+ Tim Knowles + Tim Knowles/ Tree Drawings + Tim Knowles on Le Territoire des sens

Via Eco Art Blog