Session number six today was mostly about the grass and the meadow. I continued to draw from a different perspective, which was convenient as there were rainshowers and low temperatures. Shelter was found under the roof of an old stone hut. There is still a bit works to do at one of the trunks, but I believe the next session will be the last one, hopefully under a blue sky and sun finally.
This gouache study was painted after I had developed some ideas in a number of thumbnail sketches with the intention to create a poster and card motif.
Also I am exploring simple monotype effects in works with gouache colors. The white I have used is a simple wall paint. In such a session I paint a set of 4-6 sheets in quick and spontaneous actions knowing that there is a good chance to gain at least one interesting result.
The weather has been to cold and moist for my taste during these early days of May. The rain did not alow me to continue with the bigger drawing, instead I played on small format paper with ink and pen. The quick notations below, shall serve as preliminary image ideas for monotype printing.
I always liked those fruit tree meadows around my home. They cover only a fairly small percentage of the land, but especially in spring season they are a highlight in the landscape. One can hardly believe that in Baden-Württemberg the total area of those meadows with pear, apple, plum and cherry trees has been reduced by 75% since the 50s already.
I have decided to concentrate for the coming 12-15 months to this subject in drawings and maybe some guache sketches too.
I like to study the shape of the tree tops and the very interesting trunks and branches. On sunny days there is an interesting play of light and shadow on leaves, trunk and the meadows,which are cut usually 2-3 times a year.