I struggle painting woodland. I have many failed attempts. I want to capture the vibrancy of line and tone without obsessional attention to detail. What I mean is that my attention span is too short for detail.
For this afternoon’s sketch I took as reference a photograph taken at Ham’s Hall nature reserve in the West Midlands. I also was inspired (strangely and now unrecognisably) by someone else’s painting in which I was impressed by how many shades made up her grey.
I envisaged my own picture as made up of many shades of grey although this is not how it turned out, as you can see. I may try this again.
I try to get a sense of movement and flow in my paintings, rather than that they are truly representative. Tidying up today (so I would have room to paint at all) I came across this old sketch. I seem to remember having in mind an image of rolling waves in shaping the undergrowth.
Comments, especially advice on building woodlands in watercolour, are most welcome.
As an aside, while I fiddled with the settings, my camera took this landscape in negative. I liked the effect.