Herdsman Lake Paper Gum

20150918 Herdsman Paper GumTwo sketches of the same scene…. the first more colourful done on location at Herdsman Lake next to the wildlife centre. It was sketched from inside the car as I’d forgotten my sun hat. The foreground tree (paperbark gum complete with peeling bark) was the main attraction, everything else an afterthought….but I felt the tree was overworked. So I had another go next day working from memory and the earlier sketch (helps that it’s on the same page). This time the tree is much fresher and I decided not to give any colour to the background (paynes grey)….it half works but the background tree was perhaps drawn with too much detail so now distracts away from the colour tree. Ah well…..another lesson learnt.

Lamy Safari, De Atramentis Archive Ink black, Watercolours burnt sienna, raw sienna, cobalt blue, winsor yellow, paynes grey, Pentel waterbrushes


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