Cluster of Oak Leaves | The Unfathomable Artist


“Cluster of Oak Leaves in Hayfield Meadow – third version” [26th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist, drawing with H, HB, 4B, 8B and charcoal stick, signed in black ink pen with blue chromatic halo effect on 280gsm 250mm x 300mm gesso primed canvas [pad], digitally edited image 3261 x 2812 pixels.

Sometimes I sit underneath this young Oak tree for shade from the midsummer sun. Third version took me approximately one and a half hours to produce.

I am very happy with this third version. First version, unsigned, second draft, is a Digital Artwork. In terms of quality I would be glad to include this as a Limited Edition print.

A new poem inspired from these Cluster Oak Leaf artworks:

“Bind yourself to the Twig,
Breathe your roots to the Fig,
Cluster Leaves to the Vine,
Sing your Way, sublime.

Dance your life to Peace,
Let beration cease,
Liberate wheated sheaf,
Happily half to Meet.

Tune your heart,
To Waterfalls beat,
Find the Love you seek,
Whence good you shall keep.”

– by Matt The Unfathomable Artist – Copyright © 26th July 2022.

“Cluster of Oak Leaves in Hayfield Meadow – first version – Digital Artwork Edition only” [20th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist, digital Artwork image 3154 x 2745 pixels.

I really like “Cluster of Oak Leaves in Hayfield Meadow – first version – Digital Artwork Edition only” [20th July 2022] and would happily make limited print editions. Personally I believe, should I ever do so, official authenticated Print Editions of First Version will become as valuable as the canvas Third Version..

.. by reason that my First Version is irreparably damaged. The first and second versions are both canvas, unsigned partly-incomplete works. However, I would personally sign the First Version Limited Print Editions.

The second version is a quick study only, I was not happy with its proportion:

“Cluster of Oak Leaves – unfinished, second study” [25th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist, digital image 3204 x 2730 pixels.

FInally, here is the original photograph for this series of artworks/studies:

“Cluster of Oak Leaves in Hayfield Meadow – Original Photograph” [1940hrs, 4th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist.

For photographers viewing this image – F1.9 1/313s 3.60mm ISO 40 from my smartphone camera. Nice depth of field, with wonderful macro detail.

Interestingly, I made the ‘lower stalk’ part of the composition for the third version (below the leaves, mid-lowest centre in the photographic image). In fact, the two foremost lowest leaves you see are actually at the very end of its branch. The branch itself is at the mid-upper-centre of the image, vertically represented.

To my knowledge this is a young Quercas Robur [English Oak], approximately some twelve to fifteen feet tall. Its tree trunk is not even to that of a mature elephant, I should say. Quite in contrast to its mighty James I IV Oak in nearby field proximity, link to photographs of the latter, larger Oak here Conservation – Local Nature Reserve.


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