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Monday, May 23, 2011

Acorn to Oak

The theme over at Creative Tuesdays is tree. Since everyone was probably expecting a tree, nest and birds from me, I thought I'd do something a bit different. I've always loved acorns and when I saw this really cool video clip, I knew I wanted to sketch a sprouting oak tree for my entry. This is the work of Neil Bromwell and it's an amazing clip showing the 8 month growth from acorn to oak tree in a time lapsed 3 minutes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
To see more sketches of trees, click HERE!
"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" David Everett, 1777

52 comments:

  1. Did those little bugs make anybody else feel itchy? lol....

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  2. Wonderful testimony of
    God's creation. Awesome!

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  3. That is fascinating. I grow bonsai trees as a hobby, but the trouble with oaks is that they take a long time to mature and I dont have enough time left to see them grow to any size really.

    Another thing is that the leaves look out of proportion. You just cant make them smaller!

    I like your picture, you have captured it exactly. I like painting, but I never seem to find the time nowadays.

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  4. Just awesome Betsy... Yes, I did feel a little itchy!!

    Agreeing with Greg...what a testimony to God's creation!!!

    The darling sketch and lady bug just keeps me smiling.

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  5. Keith ~ you're right..the leaves do look huge! I guess that's just a sign of the gigantic tree to come.

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  6. The music for both the "Acorn to Oak" and Josh Wilson's, "Wait Until Morning", are very easy listening and beautiful.
    I can see why you were inspired.

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  7. Beautiful drawing Betsy. I have always been very impressed with the mighty Oak. Cool video and yuk to the bugs.

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  8. this is lovely...like one of the sketches in the journals of an explorer or plantologist...smiles. i like the little bug too..

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  9. Very creative! I like the little ladybug, too : )

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  10. Geez Tuesday comes earlier every week
    But it was a nice little tweak
    Going with the acorn and the bug
    Instead of the usual bird tug
    But both are grand
    Although you can pick acorns up in your hand
    Then chuck them at some unsuspecting foe
    Of course I'd never do that at my show..lol

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  11. Christine ~ that song by Josh Wilson is a great one...new to me today...thought of many feeling hurts...even your son and daughter in law. :)

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  12. Very cool, slightly itchy, awesome God! (He's not itchy though, I am.)

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  13. Martha ~ lol!! He's cool, too..but not itchy. :) haha.

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  14. Wow! I actually loved the way the dry/fallen leaves looked as if they were breathing in this time lapse video.

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  15. Farmchick ~ I saw that...really neat. I wonder if that was the ground rising and falling.

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  16. people have lost their sense of amazement regarding Life itself. they take everything for granted and consider this only as a thing to serve them rather than something we are part of. i love the vid and your painting illustrates that moment well.

    as far as i'm concerned, the bugs didn't bother me as they were where they're supposed to be: OUTSIDE!!!
    :D~
    HUGZ

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  17. I loved the huge oak tree that was in my grandmother's backyard. Of course, my uncle said I wouldn't love it so much if I had to rake the leaves and acorns. :)

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  18. Tickle ~ that's a very good point. Bugs are much better outside. ha.

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  19. That was excellent! I remember reading this too..."Oak trees can start producing acorns when they are 20 years old". What a survival story! Beautiful drawing, Betsy!

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  20. What an imaginative drawing. And you're right, of course... There's no law that says you have to include a bird in each sketch!

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  21. Fascinating! I love time lapses as it puts time into a certain perspective. I am always amazed by how this is done.;)
    Your drawing is beautiful.;) Have a great Monday dear Betsy.;)
    xoxo

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  22. Wow, what a lovely art piece you did here for CT, Betsy, adn what an amazing video clip as well. I certainly wasn't expecting this (LOL) nor just how moving that time-lapse is with the perfect music to accompany it.

    Now, tell me, how does an acorn grow with only one side in dirt? I didn't know it could even.

    Anyway, great drawing here. So delicate and delightful.

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  23. ha, yes, i do feel rather ants-y, must admit.

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  24. What a fabulous video!!! I loved it!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  25. Amazing! And, your sketch is wonderful, as always! blessings ~ tanna

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  26. Very cool idea! I have mini (what I think) oak trees all over my yard. There was one that I thought was growing in the azaleas and I pulled it out. Judging from the rash on my arm, it was probably more than likely Poison oak. Oh well, live and learn.

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  27. Mmm ~ most do sprout only being half way in dirt as the acorns fall from the tree and naturally start growing on their own..nobody plants or buries them. :)

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  28. art2cee2 ~ yes, if you don't have an oak tree dropping acorns all over your yard, they are probably poison oak! Ack!

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  29. Imagine a world where Poison Oak grew to be as big as oak trees!

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  30. It would be very, very itchy! :) sounds like some kind of horror movie. ha.

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  31. I love your drawing, Betsy. So sensitive in your strokes and portrayal. The video is a meditation in the miracle of life. Thank you!

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  32. That's an amazing video - especially the amount of energy a seed produces to shuck off it's shell like that! Loved it. And love your drawing too - ingenious. And the little ladybird (bug)is a lovely touch.

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  33. That video is so exciting to watch at the beginning, waiting to see what happens. And the leaves make the shoot look like a bird. Love your sketch too - especially the ladybird(bug).

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  34. What a fascinating video, thank you for sharing. Also such a beautiful painting to complement the growing. Superb!

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  35. wow! that video blows my mind! what patience and technical savvy neil bromwell has.

    we know it takes a village to raise a child, well apparently it takes a village of small tiny bugs to raise a tree! didn't it seem that other than making some itchy, those little bugs must play some sort of role!

    your sketch is delightful

    thanks for both treats!

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  36. Simple and beautiful. Gorgeous.

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  37. Well done, Betsy! And the video is fantastic too. Thank you so much for always providing inspiration.

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  38. Oh, I love this little sprouting acorn! DH brought me in one from the front yard a couple of weeks ago with a little sprout coming from it. So cute.

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  39. Great baby tree!! What a wonderful and creative idea with a perfect video to accompany it.

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  40. oh what a cool piece for this week!!! and I loved that video!!!

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  41. Betsy this is really beautiful.

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  42. Wow Betsy, that was amazing. It was like watching God at work. Great entry.
    QMM

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  43. oooh, so cute...i love that you went with this-so clever indeed! i like the ladybug, too!

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  44. ok - this whole post is awesome (great illustration) - definitely going to repost that video - very cool!

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  45. dthaase ~ well, thanks! It was a cool video and very inspiring, as you can see! ha.

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  46. Yes...I was sure I'd see one of your marvelous nests! But this is simply delightful! I love your work.

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  47. Wait... What?!?... I had to make sure I had the right blog! ha! I can't believe there is no bird for the tree theme - way to keep us guessing, girl! hee hee

    Your acorn is wonderful and the addition of the ladybug makes me smile :)

    I enjoyed the time lapse (but the bugs did give me the heebie jeebies)! ha!

    xo
    Kristin

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  48. This is wonderful. We live near a woods and it never ceases to amaze us as all the little trees begin to sprout.

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  49. I am astounded by nature's wonders - particularly that the potential for a giant oak can be contained in a tiny acorn. Thanks for the lovely reminder!

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