These are three exercises in capturing the sky and bare trees of winter.
It was very lightly raining. The conte crayons marked unevenly, speckling on the textured paper and giving deeper tones where they chanced to hit rain drops. The trees were drawn in using a black ink brush pen. The paper was by then sufficiently wet that the ink bled, softening the marks.
I had emerged from the woods and skirted a field. The point of this sketch was to show texture and tone in what appeared a heavy white/grey sky and its reflection in standing water on the grass. In the field, I blocked this in crayon, covering the colours with a heavy layer of white. Once home, I completed the sky by covering it with wet gouache so the tones still showed through.
Here, I was once again inside the wood looking through the trees and low lying holly to the grey sky beyond. Once again the sky and interlacing twigs were built in layers of crayon and the sense of filtering light rescued with subsequent dabs of gouache