Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lake Marmo Winter Tree Watercolor Sketch

Lake Marmo Winter Tree

An inviting bench next to a lonely tree…I accept.

still
gentle
calm
by a frozen snow topped lake
the trees don’t make a sound…
contemplating their position
recognizing that this again is winter

Now that winter has stripped the leaves clean it’s time to really study the character and structure of trees. What makes them different from one another? What makes them unique? What flaws do they have? How does the color of the bark differ from its neighbor? What side is the sun hitting and how does the shadow cast? What color is the shadow? Is it windy? Are the shadows dancing?

I love winter for the fact that the trees are exposed. When the snow falls ever so gently on each branch, they are dressed in their winter garments like a fancy white laced dress you only wear on special occasions. And every one of them looks different! I can’t wait for some snow.

Take some time to study the trees. They’ll reveal themselves to you.

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Sap Frosted Pine Cone Graphite Drawing

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Not snow, but sap. And after you handle the pine cone, you realize the sap is like superglue on your fingers… but it has the most amazing pine scent, so you don’t seem to mind that you’re a mess.  Ha ha ha!

I found this pine cone while hiking and knew it would look great on toned tan paper I purchased recently from Strathmore. Starting with #2 pencil, I outlined the shape of the cone. Next I added a touch of red with a Sanguine Conté Crayon. Taking a #B6 pencil, I shaded the inner parts of the cone to give it depth. Next, I highlighted the edges of the cone with a white Conté Crayon for the sap. Lastly, I outlined with a navy blue sharpie fine tip pen. Usually I use a black Micron pen to outline, however I believe the blue made it pop.

Toned paper is great for shade value practice. Maybe you can find some nature goodies and practice at home!