I have turned the page in my big sketchbook about three weeks ago.
Another ink drawing to document some of our local orchards is developing step by step. Returning again and again to the same place to draw is an interesting experience.
Illustrator Penelope Dullaghan blogs about the Terra Places Project, it is tempting to join, but I have no spare time.
Spending time at certain places to develop a sense of place is great, but not always uplifting. Quite often it can be a sobering experience too.
Summer has arrived in a rush now. Temperatures went up to 30°C during the last couple of days. The ink drawing of a fruit tree meadow made further progress. The end is not near yet, funny enough I look forward to the many leaves that are waiting for me to be drawn somehow.
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.
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.