Today I went to my experimental drawing class. Interesting – I decided to throw gouache over unfixed charcoal. I assumed it would mix to form greys but the water skittered over the graphite and the colour spread and pooled in interesting ways. But I left it to dry and found I had forgotten my camera. Next week, I’ll photograph it, before tearing it up to reform it into new layers.
So with five minutes before starting work for the evening, I thought I’d post a much less experimental drawing. I stood last autumn on a moor and drew a gap in the distant ridge forming Hadrian’s wall.
This was the later painting. I really needed to have faded the ridge to give a better sense of the difference in distances between this and the moor in the foreground. Now I’ve posted it I might wash out the colour from the background and see how that works.
I noticed another couple of sketches of this region in my book.
These were done on site using just a little paintbox. i always struggle to get depth of colour in field sketches.
I have already posted the drawing that came from this sketch.