This week the weather has alternated between overcast and bright cold sunshine. The urban environment through which I drive to work is near the outskirts of the city and built on undulating land, largely shaped in the Ice Age and gently eroded by small brooks. I notice as I turn into certain roads I look across roof tops to a sky line built in layers of trees and buildings. In the early morning these catch the sun and glow.
I parked up on the way to work at the top of a descending road and tried to capture the sunshine picking out distant residential blocks on the far wooded ridge, partly obscured by near trees and roofs. The proportions are wrong – the blocks should be smaller to show their distance.
On a different day, yesterday in fact, I parked at work facing across the railway line to the Muirhead Tower, with the visor down to reduce the sun’s glare. Before getting out, I drew the tower and adjacent building, partly obscured by a line of bare trees.
Both sketches were drawn, rather too intensely, with fountain pen and then overlaid with conte crayon. I have worked back over them to lighten the sky with white gouache which picks up the underlying pigments.