Nashville Artist Charles Brindley Speaks at Cheekwood

~ Nashville Artist Charles Brindlley at Cheekwood for Arbir Day –

Nashville area Artist Charles Brindley spoke at Cheekwood today about his art and the creative process at a Celebration of Arbor Day in Massey Auditorium in Botanic Hall. In celebration of Arbor Day, the artist provided a special discussion on trees and the unique woodland pasture landscape of the Nashville Basin and Kentucky Bluegrass as well as images of ancient trees from other parts of the country.

Brindley, who is perhaps best known for his extraordinarily detailed drawings and painting of trees, shared slides of his art as he revealed thoughts about his inspirations and work ethic. A Christian, Brindley discussed how prayer is an important aspect of his creative process, providing inspiration, direction and answers as he pursues his art.

Growing up in a Christian home, Brindley talked about long drives into the country with his mother, grandmother and great grandmother every Sunday to look at trees and old homesteads, stating he believes this was his early inspiration for many of his paintings.

Brindley followed that class up with a class on how to draw trees: the dos and the don’ts before taking his class outside to sketch trees on the Cheekwood grounds.

Top: Charles Brindley with his in-progress work Ancient Poplar Tree at the Hermitage.
Bottom: Charles Brindley demonstrates dos and dont’s of painting trees.

Photos by Kathryn Darden.

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