I had a ‘free’ morning today. My son was off with his Grandad learning about bee-keeping, my husband was on a bike ride, so my Mum and I went sketching. We decided we wanted to paint water, so made our way to our local fishing ponds. Although there was a fishing match on, we were lucky enough to find an unoccupied bay with a decent view, and installed ourselves. The day started very overcast, but over the course of the hour, the sun did manage to break through a little and the light improved. The view was especially nice when the sun hit the dried reeds, which are a striking pale straw against the backdrop. As we painted, a Canada goose family with five tiny, fluffy, goslings swam over to see if we had anything good to eat. We didn’t, so they soon paddled away, but it was delightful to see them.
I laid down a wash for the sky and the water, then some large areas of green for foliage. After that I concentrated on adding some texture and depth. I currently have a problem with my masquepen (it’s totally bunged up and I haven’t got round to trying to free it), so I made big efforts to reserve the white paper where the reeds were. I’d have liked to have made a better job of the background trees, but I actually quite enjoy how the reeds worked.
It’s funny, but just taking a photograph of the sketch and reviewing it shows how it needs to change, more than just looking at the picture itself. Maybe it’s because the photograph always seems to lose some of the subtlety and luminosity of the original… Anyway, I think I might try to lift out some of the dark line in the top level of trees at the back, which I don’t like – it sticks out like a sore thumb. So, another landscape experience under my belt, and quite a lot learned (again).