This is a quiet forest path, people rarely walk here. The birds were very active on this morning. Young woodpeckers made such a noise that I had to choose another place. I regret that I was not able to catch the vivid contrasts of light and shadows in and under the canopy of the trees.
The sky was covered by moving clouds and the light changed constantly and so did the sunlit areas and shadows… not too bad an excuse isn’t it?
I have documented only one intermediate state,which shows the chaotic background foliage before the image was structured by the vertical trunks.
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 impressions of the past in a wake state, but why shouldn´t we be able to imagine things as clear as in many of our dreams?
Recently I have been doing many sketches and drawings from memory as for example the little tree landscape in this post.
Compared to Stephen Wiltshire my capabilities are simply embarrassing. I tend to think that Giovanni Piranesi had similar brain capacities to store uncounted details of buildings in his mind as there are hardly any detailed preparatory sketches or drawings by Piranesi.
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 tree drawing. What I find particularly helpful are her (handwritten) instructions on her demonstration drawings, which explain exactly what she did. One can print out the file and there are empty pages inserted for own studies.
Many of her instructions are very similar to my own findings I have put down in an instruction sheet “How to draw a pine tree“.
Todays blog illustration shows a sketchbook page dated from December 2004. I made quick notes of trees with a ball pen to study forms and proportions and colored from memory with watercolors at home. The winter 2004 was a relative warm one no snow to see at that time.