latest updates: trees
Mail man, who often brings me pencils from all over the globe. My yard. Drawn with 80-year-old pencil and inked.
Autumn is here – Watercolour in an A3 Watercolour Moleskine
A large “canvas” so this has to be a photograph. Just trying to capture some of the colour starting to appear in our local woods.
Go, sit upon the lofty hill
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them
The summer flowers depart
Sit still as all transformed to stone
Except your musing heart
THE AUTUMN Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)
Autumn Trees – Acrylic on Line and Wash watercolour Board
This is a photograph of a recent project. Although not in a Moleskine I’ve posted it to elicit opinions. My idea is to try to create a large canvas as a possible painting to hang in a newly decorated room.
I photographed the thing in its various stages and if anyone is interested, these are posted on Flickr at:
Really pretty place, some kind of a park with boats and trees along the Belt, I looked at many times. On the way to White Planes, struggling in traffic, it was a moment of happiness. Sepia ink and Faber-Castell colored pencils in my red Moleskine.
Been awhile. I have been pretty busy lately for the past week (job switchover, Awards Show, friends in town, etc..)
Just a simple sketch of the auto shop while waiting for my oil change to the car..
Now Rosy May comes in wi’ Flowers – Acrylic in a Watercolour Moleskine
Marvelling at the way everything has burst into deep hues of green, I decided to try to capture the mod in nearby woods. I always delight in wandering through densely leafed woodlands when the sheer “weight” of greenery causes a stillness only being broken by birdsong. Its then I realise that the long winter months are a sort of “test” making us appreciate this time of year more. Here is what our National Bard, Robert Burns, wrote about the month of May
Now rosy May comes in wi’ flowers
To deck her gay, green-spreading bowers;
And now comes in the happy hours
To wander wi’ my Davie.
The whole song, with a translation, appears at this link.
I decided to convert this “Sketch” into a full-sized painting to hang in my wee studio so I can look at it in the dark, dreary day. Not too sure if I will finish it but here is how far it has got so far.
Edinburgh’s “Squinty Bridge”- Acrylic in a Watercolour Moleskine
This view shows the recently built bridge outside the headquarters of The Royal Bank of Scotland towards the west of Edinburgh. It spans the busy A8 which is one of the main artery roads into the city. This bridge is similar to an innovative bridge in Glasgow built to span the River Clyde:
Edinburgh’s bridge is smaller but is similar in design as they are both “asymmetric” with the arch passing over from one side of the deck to the other. A clearer view of this bridge can be seen on this video:
about 3.5minutes into it. This video was shot in the opposite direction to the scene shown above. My reason for attempting this was to compare the nice views, along the line of mature trees with the awful disruption caused by the, now infamous, tram works which are just behind me. These works have disrupted the city for a few years now and, although due to be completed in a couple of years, look set to continue beyond. I suppose we should be grateful that these trees were spared the effects of construction. Its great how they have suddenly acquired their summer foliage after the long winter.