Monthly Archives: March 2011

nature studies

Tuesday 8 March 2011

i went back to the local wildlife fen last week and completed these two quick nature studies plein air… as perceived/recorded, limited by time, size and materials… a good artist friend had given me a small sketch pad of watercolour paper; it seemed churlish not to use it… these two studies are in watercolour and watercolour pencil…

local wetland fen - sketch in watercolour, acrylic, pencil

i thought it would be interesting to photograph the studies in situ, but in order to get both the drawing/painting and the ‘real’ landscape in the frame, the wide angle lens made the subject appear much further away than my own perception of it.. it seemed interesting too, in a phenomenological sense, to offer with one image, both the before and after, the past (as i first saw it), the present (as it appears now) and the future (in the objectiveness of such a material study)… and the apparent act of free will or intention in mark-making and gesture and yet controlled by the circumstances in which they are derived…

local nature fen - sketch in watercolour, acrylic and pencil

i guess that if i really pushed myself i could do more studies like this and perhaps get better at them, but this was not the day to pursue that, as it turned out…