Nat Wyeth, engineer and inventor, on his brother, artist Andrew Wyeth: Andy did a picture of Lafayettes quarters near Chadds Ford, Pa., with a sycamore tree behind the building. When I first saw the painting, he wasnt finished with it. He showed me a lot of drawings of the trunk and the sycamores gnarled roots, and I said, “Wheres all that in the picture?” “Its not in the picture, Nat,” he said. “For me to get what I want in the part of the tree thats showing, Ive got to know thoroughly how it is anchored in back of the house.”
I find that remarkable. He could draw the tree above the house with such authenticity because he knew exactly how the thing was in the ground.