GUEST DOODLEWASH: Los Árboles

My name is Lidia Barragán (Follow me on Instagram @lidiaabarragan!). I’m from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and I love to draw. All my life I’ve drawn. One of my favorite things to draw is trees. I really love to draw trees! I always have a great fascination for their twisted forms, the texture of their trunks, their roots full of knots… They look like forest beings who observe quietly their environment and their bark reflects their experience and wisdom. I think they are like people, no two are alike, each has its own personality, its own identity, its own energy… Even, sometimes I can see faces in their trunks, I don’t know if that is because of their forms or because I’m a little crazy.

Doodlewash by Lidia BarragánI used to use them in more surrealistic or darker themes, mixing them with human figures. That was a few years ago. However, they still are a recurring theme in my work.

I love to go for a walk and sit on the grass and start drawing when I find a beautiful tree. Fortunately, where I live there are many parks and forests and it’s easy to find my “models.”

I try to use different techniques; watercolors, ink, color pencils, but I have a special predilection for graphite.  Experimenting is always good because you never stop learning!

En Español…

Mi nombre es Lidia Barragán (Sígueme en Instagram @lidiaabarragan!), soy de Guadalajara Jalisco, México y me encanta dibujar.  Toda mi vida he dibujado. Uno de mis temas favoritos en el dibujo, son los árboles. Amo hacer árboles! Siempre he sentido una gran fascinación por sus formas retorcidas y caprichosas, las texturas de su corteza, sus raíces llenas de nudos… Me parecen seres que observan pasivos su entorno, que en su tronco se refleja su experiencia y su sabiduría. Creo que son como las personas; no existen dos iguales, cada uno es especial y tiene su propia identidad, su propia personalidad, su propia energía. De hecho, a veces puedo ver en su corteza rostros dibujados; es eso o que estoy un poco loca también.

Doodlewash by Lidia BarragánAntes, los utilizaba en temas surrealistas o un poco más obscuros, fusionándolos con figura humana o dándoles otro carácter. Pero eso fue años atrás. Sin embargo siguen siendo un tema recurrente en mi trabajo.

Me gusta mucho salir a caminar y luego de encontrar un bello árbol, sentarme a dibujarlo. Por donde vivo, afortunadamente hay muchos parques y algunos bosques, lo que me facilita encontrar mis “modelos”.

Trato de utilizar diferentes técnicas; acuarelas, tinta, lápices de colores, aunque tengo especial predilección por el grafito. Siempre es bueno experimentar porque nunca se deja de aprender.

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39 Comments
  1. thepaperbaker 1 year ago

    Wow! At first I thought some were photographs!! Outstanding guest….fabulous painting with beautiful detailing!

    • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

      Thank you very much for your comment ♥♥♥ I really appreciate it 🙂

    • Author

      So happy you liked these! Thanks Nicole! 💕😃

  2. Kari 1 year ago

    Wow! These are beautiful. I love the perspectives of these paintings. I will be following on IG! ❤️

  3. amaryllislog 1 year ago

    Super love for Lidia and her trees! They are beautifully rendered and the colors are so inviting. I can tell she really loves her subject matter! I feel like I need to get out and hike…humm, it’s 24 degrees right now, maybe I’ll just think about trees!

    • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

      Thank you very much for your beautiful words! ♥♥♥ 🙂

    • Author

      Haha!! Yeah…better stay indoors!! Wow!! That’s cold!! I always forget just how much colder it gets up there! 😳 Glad you enjoyed this feature and stay warm my friend! 💕😃

  4. Teresa Robeson 1 year ago

    My family are tree-lovers (they can easily ID pretty much any native North American trees), so I will have to follow Lidia! Those are gorgeous paintings!

  5. Rachel Murphree 1 year ago

    Oh these are beautiful!!

  6. kirkistan 1 year ago

    Fantastic trees and I especially love the perspective.

    • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

      Thank you very much for your comment 🙂 ♥♥♥ I really appreciate it

    • Author

      Awesome! Glad you liked these Kirk!

  7. Catherine Johnson 1 year ago

    I lovectrees but I can’t draw them. What a fabulous tree artist. They look so real.

    • Author

      Yeah, she’s amazing. Definitely sketch out her Instagram. Her graphite work is also stunning!

    • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

      Thank you very much for your words 🙂 ♥♥♥ And I’m sure that you can draw whatever you want 😉 It’s only practice and trees are easy to draw because they have whimsical forms. They have not exact form. It’s not the same like drawing a portrait or architecture. I invite you to try 😉 And thank you very much again ♥♥♥ (sorry my English)

  8. Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!!! I’m so grateful!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ And thank you very much for all that beautiful comments! I’m so excited and happy!!!! 😀

    • Author

      Awww…It was so wonderful to feature you and your work, Lidia!! 💕😃You’re amazing! Keep drawing and doodlewashing and don’t ever stop!!! Love the beauty you bring to the world!

      • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

        I’m speechless :’) Thank you very much for all! I’m so grateful!!! Thank you! 😀 ♥♥♥♥♥

  9. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Dear Lidia, I love the textures you use on your trees. I’m happy I can zoom in on my iPhone for a good look. 😊 Thank you for sharing your remarkable paintings and sketches. Thank you Charlie!!😻

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon!! 💕😃Glad you liked the feature!!

    • Lidia Barragán 1 year ago

      Thank you very much Sharon, for your beautiful words 🙂 I’m happy you like it 🙂 ♥♥♥

  10. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Lidia, you have captured the magic! (K)

  11. ootamamoo 1 year ago

    They are so beautiful!

  12. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    Breath-taking fabulous art. The trees are so beautiful and the love of the subject really shines. Thank you for a great feature.

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