Moving in the Landscape
B: 360 degree study
I had intended to do my sketchbook walk at the local park, but was daydreaming on the bus about an artist’s work, and missed my stop! So I ended up near the museum, which is a lovely, busy area with a mixture of gardens, trees, buildings and roads.
The weather was moderate, and the sky was overcast, so the lighting conditions were very flat. Everything looked dull, with few highlights.
I drew four sketches, one facing in each direction. I worked in an A4 sketchbook with a PITT fineliner drawing pen. Each sketch took between 10 and 25 minutes. I then did an extra sketch, which I colourised with watercolour.
Here are the sketches:
I like the look of the colourised one, but the point of the exercise was in the spontaneity of the sketch, and not what additions we made afterwards, so I have left the first four uncoloured, as I drew them.
The museum is an interesting environment. There are beautiful gardens on one side, a war memorial in front, roads and buildings opposite and to the other side. This was my first experience sketching scenes in the environment, as usually I am painting flowers or portraits! I enjoyed it. I didn’t notice passersby, I was totally absorbed in the process.
I think the sketches are fairly loose and look quite spontaneous. Various marks have been used to represent things like the trees and the Buddleia at the side of the museum. I find it very tedious using marks to replicate foliage. The perspective isn’t correct, but obviously, this is just a loose sketch, and perspective was not really the prime objective. I tried to represent the scene as my eyes saw it.