P100 Study of Several Trees

Work in a wood or study a group of trees. You might decide to work using a variety of media and introduce colour with crayon, oil pastel or watercolour pencils. … Foliage will provide its own contrasting tonal areas, but in autumn and winter contrast and depth can be seen in the intense darkness of evergreens …

The notes in the course book seemed to have a fair emphasis on foliage and evergreens in winter, so for this exercise I headed down to a local park. There I found a lake with a small island in it with one or two interesting trees with further trees behind them. I couldn’t get to the island itself so I still don’t know if I drew a holly bush or a laurel bush (or even some other kind of evergreen). It took the full two hours suggested, which surprised me.

I decided to use pastels for this exercise and used a standard technique in that I blocked out areas of colour using powdered pastel rubbed into the paper. I then sketched the drawing in fine liner pen before adding colour detail directly with the pastels.



About notes to the milkman

I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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