WOODLAND SCENES – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

It was midsummer solstice and I hadnt yet been out painting plein air this year in the UK. I had done some in Egypt and I have posted those sketches, but in the UK either poor light, cold or life had got in the way. So, with good weather forecast, I decided on my venue and off I went. On the way, a connecting road was closed. So I had to think quickly of some other place to paint. Not a good start.

I had planned to do some simple light and shade studies without too much detail, so when I saw this half cleared wood I was hesitant. It was more complex than I wanted, but the colours were great and the glimpses of light intriguing. So I parked the bike and started painting. I did most on site, but I had to finish at home. When I saw my photos, there was barely any of the redness on the images and it was this colour that drove me to do the painting. I like the result, rough as it is and may be working it up later.

Then I saw this scene. Again, I should never have started it, but the light and shade was too much to resist.

I then arrived at the kind of thing I was after, sitting in a field of barley – a simple view, passages of light and shade, whilst the traffic inched along on the other side of the wood on the right. So, after all the setbacks I got three studies in the bag and broke the ice – which you’d expect in June.

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7 thoughts on “WOODLAND SCENES – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

  1. I love these paintings. I live fairly close to woodland, now under strain from development. After many years I was able to see it close up to the perimeter (my power chair unable to navigate the ditching, prior to more unsettling excavation. The light and shade is what I enjoyed so much and have it imprinted on my memory along with some photographs before the landscaoe changes forever. Thank you for recreating that same light & shade.

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    • I’m pleased you like it. I wasnt sure what was going on here. They were clearing some of the trees, but I think it was forestry management, not, thankfully, development. If you like light and shade in woodland, click on the forest and tree categories on the RHS of the blog. There are a few more there.

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