03 April 2011

Zentangle Inspired Art: "the Ginkgo Girls"

It was several years back when in my days of participating lots with the Oriental Stamp Art group online, I finally got to see for myself, a wonderful Ginkgo tree. This tree is so often a part of the Oriental scene, so I was rapt to actually see one growing, up close and personal!

We had taken a holiday break to Victoria, and at Mt. Beauty, in the foothills of Falls Creek snow country, we came across Clover arboretum, to the side of the road. From memory I believe a sign had suggested this had been the site of a colonial settlement. A lovely spot to pull over and enjoy the crisp air, and scenery. ...another beautiful surprise to find this birds nest hidden under the canopy. I'd placed some leaves inside my diary, which are now ... z.i.a. ginkgo girls (maybe ballerinas), with black lilium seed eyes.


13 comments:

Marilyn said...

I love ginkgo trees - always have and now I am so taken with your ginkgo girls. They are wonderful.

Bonnie Belk said...

The leaves do kind of float and dance on their way to the ground. I'll never see them fall again without thinking of your gingko girls. Totally delightful.

Terri said...

I have loved ginkgos since I first learned about them in school. There are ginkgos on the university campus at Madison, Wisconsin U.S.A... which I found very interesting. I thought they would be a more tropical tree, and Madison is in cold country - snow and below zero F degrees for months at a time!!! They also grow here in CA, where we get a few frosts during the winter but no snow, and over 100 F degrees for most of the summer and no rain all summer. A versitile type tree - that may be why such a prehistoric tree still exists. Anyway, I love the girls. Lots o' fun!

Diana said...

Beautiful photos and I love your Gingko Girls

TFS

LollyChops said...

I love love love those gingko girls with their red lips and dainty skirts!!
HUGS!!!

Marg said...

You're taking the 'tangles' to a whole new level Carole. These charming gals are ever so clever. I love them!

Jan Castle said...

There should be a little song to go with the 'Ginko Girls' - lol! Love them!!!!! I have seen a real ginko leaf, but no tree......YET! I will be looking!!!
Jan

Geke said...

You surprised me again. What a great idea to use z.i.a. on gingko leaves. Just awsome! I need to show your gingko girls to Jasmina. She is a ballerina....

Lyn S said...

This is such a clever idea Carole! Those skirts look amazing!

l.a.r.k. said...

How absolutely adorable! :)

Heather T. said...

*giggles* Those are so adorable, and I just looooove the delicate tracery you've added!

Geke said...

mooi hoor die ballerina's.ik vind het wel knap om op een blaadje te tekenen.dat het niet scheurt.
groetjes jasmina

Beautiful those ballerina's. I think it's clever to draw on a leaf, that it does't tear.
greetings, Jasmina

Cindy said...

Carole, thank you for sharing this with me! I love the shape of the ginkgo leaves and your Ginkgo Girls are so cute! What a clever way to use the leaves! They're one of my favorite trees.
Hugs, Cindy