Helen Loggie, Bellingham artist whose etchings of trees are intricate and particularly lively, did a few other things, I found only one coloured work, and a few mountains.
But her trees are the thing!
What I love most about winter are tree bones.
in sync with trees - seems to be the very thing I notice most. For instance, last night was the first of Downton Abby's series #4, in the U.S.,
the ONLY thing that impressed me was the view sad ol' Mary had from her room.
A tree, bare except for the multiple abandoned nests that looked like pom-poms- or Japanese lanterns whose lights had died, caught by witchy gnarled branches, held still, in the colourless season of depression.
Perfect for Lady Mary, seemingly soaked in vinegar brine, catatonic in her self absorbed grief.
nests left behind to weather winter storms and dull grey frozen skies -so sturdy- they will be lively in the spring as the leaves hide them again for little bird families .
And so, I watched the entire episode with only one lasting impression. The view from Mary's window-
tree bones, and a refresher of Helen Loggie, whose trees have such spirit. Like Lady Mary's tree, unlike Lady Mary herself, such a sad old rag.