Today I want to point out to artist Mara Korkola and her small winter landscapes. The format is modest, but somehow the views she paints seem bigger. The presentation in triptych might give to that effect, but does not explain it in full. I like the clarity and stillness in these images which I have seen so often in nature. I look forward to the cold season with its very own beauty.
Coming back to the place I had begun my last forest diary study in drizzling rain I found that an important part of my subject had been harvested. Somehow I regret that not much of the first steps was left in the final stage of this study, even though a bit of sun was a nice experience after the grey days. I made a mental note about the beautiful, marbled colour nuances that lots of water and rain drops can create with gouache. Working wet in wet with gouache is a thrilling thing and I want to explore it further in future.
There has been more snow during this week. Now there is a 15-20 cm thick white cover, but today temperatures went up and rain is the forecast for tonight. Tracks of wild boars and roe deers are everywhere. I could see the bites of the roe deers on the few blackberry leaves left.
Once again the scenery has changed, although the snow covers everything I still try to keep the option for thaw weather open in this sketch. The gouache colors I use (14 colors set by Caran d’Ache plus Schmincke white) tend to brighten up when dry, especially the white, which seems a bit dull in wet condition. The color is still wet when I go home, therefore I put a twig between the pages to keep them separated while walking. Every now an then there will be hole in the paper,which I fix with transparent tape and paper. The older this sketchbook gets there more character it gains.
The time is coming that our trees stand bare of leaves. Drawing trees in winter is a special delight as the beauty of their branches can be seen in full. At the same time vistas are possible that have been obscured by leaves during summer.