Capture energy in Spring landscape drawings
The Yorkshire countryside landscape is beautiful in Spring and I love walking the hills. Sadly I broke my ankle on Easter Sunday, and I haven’t been out much this year. I still managed a few Spring landscape drawings from my windows and in the nearby park.
I find Spring fascinating to sketch as you can almost feel the trees and flowers grow and it is always a great challenge to try and capture nature’s energy at this time of the year.
Painting greens in watercolours
It is hard to get the feeling of Spring without colour and most of my sketches were done in watercolour – apart from the one above where I forgot to take a water brush with me. But there’s a catch – most of the landscape is GREEN (surprise!) and it is easy to end up with a big green mess.
To avoid this I try to abstract shapes and observe all the different variations of greens: blue-green, yellow-green, brown-green and so on. After a first light wash, I come back and add the darker areas and some texture marks.
I am not always happy with the results and I do sometimes end up with overworked sketches… All the more reasons to keep trying!
Sketching Spring flowers
Flower are perfect to get away from all-green Spring Landscape drawings, therefore I couldn’t resist the rhododendrons in the park and their glorious exuberance. Most of all it was the perfect opportunity to let loose with colour.
I look forward to some summer sketching. Now my ankle is healing so I should be able to venture further afield again!