field drawings

Tuesday 9 February 2010

sketchbook - fields drawings

I think these four are the most successful ones (all are in a landscape sketchbook, about 9″ x 12″)…

sketchbook drawing - stormy rain clouds over fields

This one is in mixed media – ordinary ink pen, graphite pencil, indian ink and a little watercolour…  the stratus-to-cumulus clouds are perhaps darker than intended, but this adds to the impending sense of rain ahead…

sketchbook drawing - sky, clouds, fields and sky

This sketch is a little more gestural, drawn very quickly, the sky appeared darker than the fields in places (the sun came out sporadically). I used an Indian ink pen (with a nib more like a stiff pointy brush) and some watercolour.

sketchbook drawing - hill road and fields

Looking up towards the hill. I didn’t add any tone to the fields as I liked the gentle movement in the lines – and I was concentrating more on the scrubby hedgerow, the curved perspective of the road and the line of telegraph poles. Sometimes you stop doing a drawing not because it is finished, but because it says just enough as it is…

sketchbook drawing - ploughed winter fields

A ploughed field… as the sun went in and out the long hedgerow cast shadows in line with the furrows… I think I need to find out (via an old map) if any of these fields have local names…

There can be no better way of experiencing landscape than through immediate drawing – out in the elements, moving focus, drawn to the gestures and details of ploughed striations and meandering hedgerows, aware of the changing light and the weather (it began to rain…)