Spotted today on the road between Cravant and Auxerre: bare trees dotted with luxurious orbs of olive green mistletoe. A graphic designer couldn’t have done better. All the elements of good design respected in full. Balance. Pattern. Composition. Imbalance. Interruption. Geometry. Accident. Luscious though subtle color. And, surprise. On first glance, the winter landscape seems to offer little. On second glance, it offers so much more than enough.


[If you liked this post, you might also like “The Road Less Traveled By.”]

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6 Responses to Mistletoe

  1. PEIROUX says:

    its for New Eve…it’s a “parasit” for the tree and a good thing for kisses …..

  2. anntmoore says:

    Oh, my goodness. What an amazing drawing! Hard to believe that it could be better than a photograph–but it is! Thank you, thank you!!

  3. anntmoore says:

    In fact, I just had a look at your photograph of the same scene. The difference in what the eye sees and what the camera sees is amazing. The disadvantage of the camera is that it reports the scene exactly, tells the stark truth: no editorial comment. The drawing is ALL comment. (Another perspective that I have liked is actually, in life, looking down that allee of trees and being irresistibly drawn in by the diminishing perspective. A unique spot in my experience. Thank you!

    • The photograph is not the same scene…maybe in the next couple days I can photograph it. But in any case, I drew more or less the impression the scene that I saw made on me. It’s an interpretive memory.

  4. love your drawing. perfect!

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