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Mallorca Sketchbook: Orient Olive Tree

Recent readers of The Daily Norm will know that I am in love with the graceful free-form beauty of Mallorca’s olive trees. So it was only a matter of time before I put pen to paper, and made the olive tree a feature of my sketchbook too. It doesn’t take much in Mallorca to stumble upon a stunning olive specimen, but in Orient, a tiny hamlet nestled in the Tramuntana Mountains, these trees are at their most abundant, and some are pretty ancient too. The tree which I chose to sketch must be hundreds of years old, such are the bountiful folds and undulations of its ancient trunk, and drawing these free forms was nothing but a pleasure, and an act of pure admiration for this incredible work of nature. I hope you like it.

Orient Olive Tree (2015 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

Orient Olive Tree (2015 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

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