Today my daughter asked to go for a walk and do some drawing. This is not something we do often. She had in mind a muddy walk through fields to a place where we had previously drawn buzzards. So we did.
She chose a composition looking out into a field where an old almost bare oak tree was crowned by reddening foliage, glowing in the late afternoon autumn light. She drew bold lines in pencil then switched from that to watercolour and then conte crayon, constrained by my art field kit and guided by the technique I am developing for myself. I looked only twice – when she finished the pencil marks and when she had finished. I will be honest, I really like this piece.
Here is my piece. However, unlike my companion, I reworked this when I got home. I had looked again at her painting and at a shot taken on my phone. I had not seen what she had, that the bare tree still had leaves at the top and side, and these should be the focus of the sketch. I also needed to bring the foreground forward. Here is the drawing as completed in the field and photographed in sunlight.
The light across the cut maize stalks was striking.
Yesterday, we went by train to the music shop to sort an annoying buzz affecting the C string on my tenor ukulele. We sketched on the train.