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|9" x 12", ink & watercolor, Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook|
This time, it was peaceful and quiet. I rambled through the woods just down the hill from our house. The weather was mild, but a cold front was on its way. Luckily, I finished up as the first raindrops began to fall.
A page like this isn't great art, but it's a good exercise. When I only have ten minutes to draw and paint a subject, it frees me from worrying about having to have things just so. I have to admit, though, that I added a few touches of paint after I got home, mainly to darken spots here and there.
The beech tree sketch, above, is my favorite of the six. It's a good reminder to me to keep things simple. I have a tendency to try to include way too much in a picture, but on this one, I restrained myself, and I like the results.
Why not give it a try? Go for a walk outdoors and sketch the random things you see. I was surprised to find mushrooms growing in January and green plants peeking out from beneath the dead leaves on the forest floor after only two days of warm weather. Tramping around in the woods is good therapy and sketching is fun - a perfect combination!