Neighborhood.Sketched on my first Moleskine Sketchbook.Used 0.2mm and 0.5mm technical pens and Pilot brush pen.
latest updates: trees
Frost, Frost everywhere – Watercolour with textured gell
Not much snow yet but this morning’s frost covered everything and it looked like snow. The temperature was -5C when when I took quick details for this rough attempt. Snow later this week although I shouldn’t labour the point and should be careful what I wish for. Our friend, Ziza, told me; yesterday, that he has had snow at least 1metre deep with some parts double this. His temperatures are around -13C. Bitter conditions.
It shouldn’t be here – Watercolour and Inktense
This birch tree stands among loads of old beech trees on the south side of Platt Hill. Whenever its windy it sways about in a terrifying manner while the tops of the beeches are the only parts which move. Its like a weather barometer advertising wind strength. Although it seems to move massive distances it has survived all of the bad storms and this is probably due to the fact that it doesn’t resist wind but bends with it. Perhaps a lesson for life?
Wisconsin Colour – Watercolour
From my journal Wednesday 5th October 2011
We stopped at a small lay-by to stretch our legs and to allow John’s dog, the Rustman, a chance to sniff around. At first there was not much to see then, just around a corner, some trees caught my eye. The colour was fantastic and varied. This was something worth getting out the car for. Little did I know there was much more to come
The trees in America’s fall were spectacular. Its hard to imagine that they will now be under much snow but that would also be a great opportunity to paint them.
Wisconsin Traditional Barn – Watercolour
During our visit, to this wonderful part of the world, we saw many examples of farm architecture like this Gambrel roofed barn. This particular one is a massive structure. The shape owes itself to the early immigrants. Its roof is designed to shed weather, especially snow, while at the same time maximising storage attic space. We were here at the best time. The trees were changing colour – and what colours. A week or so later the weather got much colder and some snow fell.
Going for apples – Watercolour
John suggested we drive to Gays Mill for some apples. He suggested there might be some trees in their Autumn colours. He was correct. This scene, near the start of the journey, attempts to show how trees play an important part in the Wisconsin scenery. These particular one are just starting to turn. Later in the day we saw some spectacular colours which will test my meagre artistic abilities to reproduce.
Incidentally just “going for apples” meant a round trip of 200 miles. Distance seems no object to these folks.
A change of seasons – Watercolour
Is it that time again? A walk, in the local woods, earlier this morning offered me lots of views of the colour, in the trees, beginning to change. I rushed home and this is the result of an hour’s quick painting – before the memory fails. Its only September yet there is definitely a change under way. Experts say its because of the very dry spell in April yet, in these parts, its been one of the wettest summers for years. I’m beginning to think there may be something to climate change after all. We have had reports that snow is forecast in October. Well! Well!
A page inspired by watching the shadows of the trees outside the window grow long, stretching into evening here in West Virginia; done in micron ink in my Uncharted Waters sketchbook.