Tree with Moon

Jean Royle created this original Christmas card design of a tree with sickle moon in the 1980s.  The card measures 5½” x 5½” to include the borders.  Several versions of this  print were made and here it is shown as white printed on dark blue sugar paper.  Trees are central to several of her card designs and in this one the sickle moon adds a further dimension: would the image be as exciting without it? She was able to draw on an extended knowledge of the structure of trees through her detailed studies of their form as shown in the Tree Drawings section of this site. The preliminary sketches  in pencil and conté crayon are taken from her sketchbook and shown below.