Always good to see your well-observed work, redolent of what I've seen (though only in pictures) of the Flanders countryside.

A lovely drawing, Mia. I can see the attraction in drawing this, for me, as real as it is, the tree has a surreal quality.

A tree with great shape and character, which you sketched beautifully Mia.

Oh I can really relate to this Mia, our neighbours have a huge willow that gets pruned like this every couple of years, then all of a sudden come April it starts to shoot again and its in full leaf now. Its a beautiful tree but i'm glad its in their garden and not ours !!!

Again, simple and effective.

A really nice work Mia great mark making again, we have willows like this in this country it is called Pollarding, it used to be done in times gone by to provide winter fodder for animals and also for basket work in some cases, nice one.

Thank you all very, very much for all those nice and positive comments.

Now here’s an old pollarded willow of great character portrayed with a real sense of good composition. You have to find your subject and recognise it. Others might walk past. You stopped and gave it a new life on paper for us all to enjoy. Thankyou Mia.

I feel a bit like this looks sometimes Mia! A little bent over and tired but this has great character and well drawn.

Fabulous drawing Mia, I think he or she is inspecting the wild flowers growing beneath :)

Thank you very much Frank, Tessa and Carole for your encouraging comments. I appreciate!

Fabulous work, I agree with all the comments Mia.

Lovely, Mia, agree with Lewis that it has a surreal quality. (I can see faces in this, including the head of a squirrel at the top!)

I agree with Jenny, I can see faces too but not a squirrel! A lovely drawing.

Many thanks Romila, Jenny and Katy for your nice comments. Yes, I can see the face now too, although it was absolutely not intended!

This is a really fabulous piece, Mia! Exquisite use of tones, with superb composition. One of my favorites among your recent works!

Two of my favourites things Mia.....old willows and ink! Wonderful!

Thank you very much, Seok and Fiona. Your comments are always highly appreciated!

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You can see those trees between the fiels in Flanders instead of the stone walls in the UK. They have to be pruned each year or they will split. I used a dark brown charcoal pencil on light coloured paper. I made a coloured version of this a few years ago but looking into my old works, I wanted to do a monochrome version of it. Size A4. All comments are very welcome :) Mia

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Mia Ketels

I live in Blankenberge on the Belgian Coast, about 15km from Bruges. After being trained as an art teacher in the 60ties, I started teaching for a few years. Then I had my carreer in a school administration. After retirement, I started drawing and painting again. I bought a lot of English books…

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