It was raining, I wanted to do a gouache sketch, but the wind made things even more difficult. So I roamed the forest for some time and finally found shelter in an old shack with view on a tree landscape. There was just enough time left for a quick sketch an I picked “Woody”, the big water-soluble wax-graphite crayon pencil, the magic 3 in one from my bag.
Rain fell on my sketchbook as I lurked from underneath the low roof and the lines started to change to a beautiful dark flowing black, which later turned to soft water-color like light spots.
Sketching with this little thick pencil is fast and great fun. Event though the rain came down harder and harder I enjoyed my discovery entirely.
At home I could see some nice textures that had developed as the wet surface had dried. Sketching in rain needs some willpower and the right clothing, but it is worthwhile for the rewarding surprises.
To protect my moist sketch in the closed sketchbook on the walk home I covered the previous sketch pages and the sketch pages with a household fleece.
A typical November day, drizzling rain, moist air and a colossal grey sky with slowly moving clouds. I tried hard to capture those thin clouds that smoked from the wooded hill named “Burgberg” in the background. I have been there on top to meet the “Schreckstein” which translates to “the stone that scares you”. And indeed the name is justified. It is a big black massive landmark that suddenly appears in front of you while you walk on a narrow path through dense woods like a ghost from the nowhere. It is said that some wimpy lap dogs (not laptops) passed away by heart attack when meeting the “Schreckstein”, at least some pale bones lying around there suggest something like that, if nothing worse yet.
As usual the thing is done down from the sky and from back to foreground. The grass around me and the thicket, that constantly whispered in my back, had been spaded by hordes of wild boar. Only recently a whopping number of seventy of them had been laid down on a single hunting afternoon. Unfortunately the sketch does not show these circumstances at all, instead it pretends a peaceful loveliness that seems to scorn the creator being a scared cat.
This small gouache sketch with a view on local vine yards was done on the 1st of November in sunshine. I taped the paper to get a clear borderline, I had seen this on Nathan Fawkes Land Sketch blog.The autumn foliage is at its peak at the end of October to the first days of November. Only a couple of days before there was snow falling. It was quite dangerous to go into the woods, but I could not resist to take some images of such a phenomenon that occurs only every 40 years as meteorologists said.
John Piper ‘Stowe’ from goldmarkart.com on Vimeo.
Here is a short sequence from a video on John Piper published by Goldmark Gallery. Stowe is such an impressive landscape garden. John Piper spend a lot of time there and created amazing prints. His bold, inventive use of lines,forms and colours is very inspiring.
Goldmark has quite a few videos in their TV-Channel, including several sequences from the video on John Piper (“An empty stage”).