09 May 2016

More Landscape Drawings

Today I'm posting a few drawings I did in the online course I just finished...Drawing the Landscape. I took the class to learn how to draw in the field, as a first step to landscape painting.  If you cannot draw it, you probably cannot paint it.  The field drawings are a great tool for composing and learning to see.  

So here they are, drawings I did in the field to understand some aspect of tree structure and to get a level of comfort going out there and just sitting and observing.  It's a different way of doing things if you're used to sitting in your studio looking at an image on a computer screen.  But I like it.  It feels authentic and connected to be out there.  I think photos have a role to play, too, but I'm still working out what that is.  

Okay, that is all.

Cuyamaca Pines, 10x14", charcoal on sketch paper

Burnt Sugar Bush, Anza Borrego, 8x9", graphite on paper

Greenbelt Pine, 8x10", graphite on bristol board


  1. The Cuyamaca Pines drawing is very lovely. I love the bright highlights of the grass. Your work is very detailed and amazing.

    1. Thanks, Shelley. Cuyamaca Pines shows a trailhead for a favorite hike of mine. I'm anxious to turn that into a painting, but I don't quit have the skills yet. Soon, hopefully. It's great to have a collection of these sketches ready for future works.

  2. "So here they are, drawings I did in the field to understand some aspect of tree structure" - I haven't been back since March. Busy, busy, busy. However I applaud your going into the field with your tree studies. Tree types are as different and varied as faces. It is amusing how trees are so prevalent - yet artists don't really see them... until now. I will be back to encourage your progress.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Elizabeth. For me, it is easier to draw a tree from life than to render from a photo. Much easier to see what's going on with colors/values/shapes. And I just get too literal when I'm using photos. Not good for me.

      I liked your comment about variety in tree types, too. As I drew these I felt I was creating individual portraits. Very satisfying.