A Bit Closer – But Not There Yet

In my last post I tried out something new.

A pen and wash, which took a step closer, literally, to nature.

Before, I’ve done some pen and washes of hill sides.

Filling them in with people, animals, bushes, birds and cabins.

Now I wanted to put all the attention towards nature itself, in it’s purest form.

More specifically, towards those lovely birch trees.

Their patterns and contrasts are just staggering, and I wanted to depict that in some way.

So my first attempt looked like this:

It became a bit more chaotic and smudgy than I wanted it too.

The colors are also a bit off compared to our Norwegian nature, which I want to depict in general.

So I went back to the drawing board, or sketch book, as it was, and had a second go.

This time it ended up like this:

I think this one ended up a lot better than the first one.

Although the green grass turned out a bit too green.

However, the water floated around a bit more than I wanted to during the wash.

So the color ran out too much from the tree on the far left.

I tried to cover it up with my pen, adding a few bushes when it had dried up.

Looking back, I don’t like how it looks, though.

I can’t explain it, but being held to the pattern of the leaking color took away all the spontaneity of the drawing.

The bushes don’t fit in with the rest of the drawing.

But what a clear mistake to draw some wisdom out of.

Next time I won’t do it again!

Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great day!

 

8 thoughts on “A Bit Closer – But Not There Yet

  1. Nice work, Kim especially how you have suggested the tree bark. By the way, if you haven’t read it, here’s a book I seriously recommend. Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. For me, the book has been very influential with my practice.

    1. Thank you, Jason! I’m having real fun with them at the moment, so I’m very glad you like it. And thank you for the tip. Art and fear sounds like a very relevant book for me, as it makes out the main balance of my artmaking. I’ve noted it, and will definitely chech that out 🙂

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