We Three Kings – Watercolour
latest updates: Beech trees
Dawn, Corstorphine Hill – Watercolour
I liked the sunrise adding loads of colour behind these beech trees.
An angel, robed in spotless white,
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906)
Autumn Beeches – Watercolour
Some beech trees, in the local woods, just on the verge of loosing the last of their leaves. This change has happened very quickly this year. The experts say its due to the fact that there has not been too much sunshine for photosynthesis to take place. This seems to contrast with parts of the USA which had a very warm and sunny summer leading to a great “Fall”. Jealous!
The method of painting the distant trees as well as the sky are attempted in the style of Rowland Hilder.
Corstorphine Beechwood – Watercolour
I started this a few months ago and decided to finish it in an effort to clear my desk. I revisited this place two weeks ago and it was interesting to see the changes a few months had made. Most of the leaves had gone and the place way much brighter. Its a joy to walk through this place as these same leaves have added to the spongy carpet under the trees. Its like walking on a fine mattress. Soon the area will be covered in snow and that will offer different challenges.
Tree Study – Beech – Inktense Blocks
This is meant to complement my recent post showing beeches in Almondell Park. I’ve been doing quire a few “studies” lately as I strive to improve my tree shapes. Its also a great way to help with tree recognition which I find awkward when they are covered in leaves.
Almondell Park in Snow – Watercolour and Acrylic on textured paper
This shows the north entrance to the park painted in January. The whole area has many different types of trees but these beeches are among my favourites
Autumn Sunshine – Watercolour and Ink in a Watercolour Moleskine
I walk this way almost daily observing the changes as winter approaches. Today (Sunday) was a beautiful day but the sun is already very low causing long shadows. This was around 1.00pm and it will be dark by 4.30 pm. Perhaps, in few weeks, this will be blanketed in snow.
Spring is close, Almondell Beechwood – Pencil and ink in a plain Moleskine Sketchbook
This scene will change very quickly in the coming weeks. At the moment these beech trees are just coming into bud. The canopy, above, therefore lets in plenty light and this part of Almondell Park feels wide open and exposed. Once the leaves open, however, it becomes quite dark along this pathway. This explains why little grows, on the floor of a beechwood except very hardy, small ferns or different types of fungi hell-bent on recycling any vegetable waste. It might get dark but I find this sort of place quite magical in Spring and Summertime. Its quiet and still and dry – even in wet weather. Because of the stillness birdsong echoes throughout the woods, the only other sounds being that of the River Almond as she navigates her way past the rocks and small waterfalls nearby. After this hard Winter this experience is something to look forward too. I haven’t forgotten it, just missed it.