Drawing trees

Knarly old gum in the snow Drawing

Life brings many surprises. The curve ball thrown by post COVID symptoms has resulted in drawing trees being my salvation and sanity.

Tree Drawing of an old banksia

On the 12th of March I was getting ready for starting new winter paintings and found me drawing a wonderful myrtle at Liffey falls. Famous last words. I said to myself I really should draw more trees. Then COVID struck.

Forty days drawing trees

Two months later a friend in the USA challenged her artists group to draw trees. A forty days of drawing trees challenge was set and I joined in the challenge. There was little else I could do due to constant headaches, brain and fatigue.

So now I am drawing trees. Yesterday was day 40. They say it takes 20-30 days to form a habit. So I’m not stopping now. My son gave me a wonderful drawing journal this Christmas. Too good for note taking, so it has become my drawing trees journal. It has 60 pages so minimally my plan is to fill it up.

By now you should have guessed I have not been out painting. Lack of new posts about these being absent. So I have been trawling through my old tree photos – of which there are many – looking for trees to draw. I don’t normally like to work from photos. But because of this you are seeing trees from all over Australia. I only work from my original photos. To do otherwise is to break copywrite and to lack integrity.

Who wants a drawing?

Drawing these trees has been very healing and certainly has contributed to my brain re-engaging with its creative function. My skills have also been sharpened. It has also been wonderful revisiting the places I have seen. This has led to a different question. Like all artists we need to sell to live. Should I sell the drawings? They are removable – the drawing book has perforated pages. Or should I sell the whole album. Sixty quality original drawings. If you are interested let me know.

People often send me photos of trees they have seen. I need to work out the details, but would you like me to draw your tree.

A4 drawing done on commission. $120 Australian dollars posted to you – postage included international (not including your local taxes and charges). Paid in advance in full. It must be your original image (due to copywrite issues mentioned above. ) – and I have the right to say no if I feel the image would not make a great drawing.

If this is something you would like to do contact me on the form above and we can work out the details together.

Watch this space!

I will develop a more automated system for this if there is enough interest and uptake.


  1. Phoebe Tara Granderson says:

    Awesome work as usual Russel. Yes. I got Covid this month and it threw me a curve ball.
    God Bless You for sharing your wonderful art with us. Phoebe Granderson

    1. Thanks Phoebe stay safe it’s the long COVID that makes it hard.

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