Here are three sketches done when out and about this week. The first was done in watercolour over pencil. I sat in the upper story of a bird hide and looked down to where the woods on my left threw long shadows on the meadow, otherwise lit golden by the evening sun.
The second was also watercolour over pencil, with texture and highlights added using cote crayon and knife. This was a remarkable viewpoint, on the footpath sunken nearly four feet behind the canal, itself contained within iron cladding on the aqueduct crossing the railway. The odd perspective comes about because I was looking vertically down on the cleft in the near canal side but horizontally at the one on the far side as well as the railway, woods and hills beyond. I have resisted the temptation to score it out in an attempt to correct it.
Earlier in the day I crossed low rolling farmland and patchy woods. This sketch was done in watercolour and then I worked over it in conte crayon. It became too laboured. Later, I erased much of the crayon on the fields and woods and re-applied it with a lighter touch, while retaining the dense chalky opacity in the layers of cloud above. The part that appeals to me is the mid ground trees on the right. I had taken these right back to white with sandpaper and worked more sparingly into the heavily textured surface, aiming to re-create the sense of light filtering from behind through the branches and early buds.