An overcast and gray day, today, but with a sense of dim light. When I first sat down to sketch the one thing that was prominent in my mind was Green. Lush, thick, pervasive, cool and everywhere. It’s interesting to me that these sketches appear to me now so different than they did when I was making them. On the scene, the greens seemed dulled down and properly morose. After being scanned and mildly edited, the greens appear as pale, yet oddly garish.
Today is the 2nd day I’ve painted at the farm since last fall. Painting at the farm last season, I had the feeling of someone who has returned after a long journey, seeing the familiar with new eyes. So far this year, I have the feeling that I’ve been here awhile, settled in, part of the landscape.... Not a sense of newness but a sense of being more firmly rooted.
I got to the farm at 10 and settled into my spot on the road near the orchard and stayed until noon. I’d thought to do more drawing than painting but these 2 sketches are what I actually did. I’ve been inspired by sketches at a website on the Internet called Urban Sketchers where artists from around the world upload recent sketches. I love to look at this work and think about relating what I see in other's work to what I see me wanting to do with what's around me that interests me. I was inspired to try brush and paint sketching this morning and this is how it came out.