Mel Watkin
REVOLVING, 2013-2017  Studio shotREVOLVING, 2013-2017      Full ViewREVOLVING, 2013-2017 
DETAIL Winter to SpringREVOLVING,  2013-2017   DETAIL of SpringREVOLVING, 2013-2017    DETAIL of SummerREVOLVING, 2013-2017    DETAIL of FallREVOLVING, 2013-2017     
DETAIL Revolving back to winter
REVOLVING, 2013-2017
Revolving, 2013-2017
Final size: 7.5 feet x 46.5 feet
Pencil, colored pencil & acrylic on sheets of paper painted to look like graph paper

My recent drawings are based on the wide variety of trees surrounding my old farmhouse in rural Southern Illinois. The drawings look realistic, but the images are actually compilations of two or three different species with their usual characteristics exaggerated or made more complex. My drawings are beautiful but also slightly menacing because, as recent events show, nature is alluring, but it can also be deadly. Not long ago our area lost over 3000 trees in a major storm with winds up to 106 mph.

REVOLVING is a fallen tree held together with bandages. It is coming back to life, cycling through the seasons of the year and then back to winter.