There are windy days, the wind howls up in the trees. I have walked to the very edge of the village district. Looking through the trees I can see some orchards down hill and in the far distance the next bigger city in front of hazy blue background hills.
Flies and crickets inspected my sketch. Interesting to see how they take place on a suitable background colour that supports their camouflage.
See more intermediate states of this sketch in the Picasa album of this weblog
Liz Steel, sketching artist and architect living in Australia, has published a great urban sketchbook on her web log recently : my Lisbon Sketchbook. I commend not only to enjoy the beautiful sketches, but also to read the text. Liz has documented some very interesting thoughts on the lectures about the on the art of sketching held at Lisbon this summer on the Urban Sketchers Symposium.
The end of summer has come with some hot days, but autumn is near. The sound of falling acorns can be heard everywhere and the cobwebs glisten in the evening sun.
The growth of foliage on trees, undergrowth and grass is at its peak now. Each and every patch of soil seems to have done it’s job for this year. The clear transparent order of bare trunks and branches in winter has made place for a veritable jungle in green.
I try to do my sketches only with a minimal plan and prefer to play with the colours and forms as I find them. Not much thought about composition is necessary in the forest, also it is easy to neglect and change elements of the scenery.
I just put in patches of colours creating a pattern that finally weaves an image of a forest.The sketch is what has been there, but it is not a copy.
My thoughts go to poetry I am reading : John Burnside an English,German volume of poems called “an attempt about light”. I snatched a signed copy in one of the most “beautiful european bookshops”. Burnside is a remarkable author who evokes images and resonances from unknown places inside and yet unfolds his view of the world. I wonder whether his poems are realistic, more realistic than that what we see?