Rainy day in March – Forest diary gouache sketch

Wednesday, den 30. March 2011

-buy this sketch as postcard on Zazzle- On this rainy day I headed straigth to a hut in the woods. There was this typical laundry kind of smell in the air,temperatures well over 10°C and high moisture. The woodpeckers where very busy, but also other birds. I could identify a new bird, a warbler To […]

Sketching in rain – Douglas fir and spruce tree forest

Monday, den 14. March 2011

It was already raining a bit when I left home. First birds could be heard, especially the woodpeckers were very busy, spring is coming soon. I sat down in a dark, young douglas fir and spruce tree forest. Green algae covered some of the trunks and contrasted with the dark wet bark. The wind was […]

Drawing trees from memory- clear as a dream

Wednesday, den 10. November 2010

Our visual memory is a strong tool, but drawing always from life does not train us to recall what we have seen. On a workshop years ago I heard from the tutor that it is possible to draw almost everything we have seen from memory quite accuratly. It might take some effort to recall visual […]

Drawing a forest – who can do it ?

Thursday, den 17. September 2009

Some people can, for example the swedish artist Om Jan Tenow. He does terrific charoal landscape drawings in an amazing format. His works take you on an areal trip over coniferous forests with myriads of tiny trees. Here is the link to the inspiring work: Charcoal drawings by Om Jan Tenow The image of today […]

Online tree drawing tutorials: How to draw tree

Thursday, den 17. September 2009

I am an avid collector of online tree drawing tutorials. There are many of them out there and quite a number are good ones.For today I have picked a 15 Page tutorial : Guide to tree sketching by Claire Walke Leslie, which I find very suitable for beginners too.Mrs. Leslie explains many aspects of a […]

Drawing of a spruce tree finished – final session

Sunday, den 16. August 2009

The sketches of a spruce tree are finished now. On the third and last evening session I tried to draw the full tree. I took simple measurements with a wooden stick to learn about the proportions : Ratio of tree top and total height, width of the trunk and lateral expansion of the tree top. […]