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I’m doing watercolours from photos in my basement to avoid the heat.
This one is of the pine tree in front of my cottage. I’ve done a close up of the trunk concentrating on light and shadows.
The second one is if a crow sitting at the top of a pine tree on the golf course.
I do Life Drawing once a week. I used to use my iPad and Apple Pencil in Procreate but I have recently switched to watercolour. We do mostly short poses starting with one minute and working up to 30 minutes. For the shorter poses I try to sketch the shapes with just watercolour. For the longer poses I sketch first with pencil. I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me.
These are 5 and 10 minute poses. Sometimes I do the 5 minute poses directly in watercolour but here I used a pencil first.
A 20 minute pose.
The snow was preceded by freezing rain. The small amount that fell was enough to cover roofs roofs and cars.
Since then we’ve had more snow and now the ground is white.
I took the photograph from which I painted this scene a few weeks ago, after the first real snow. Only a few trees still had their colours. Two days later the snow had all melted. The leaves didn’t last much longer.
There is still a bit of yellow in some of the oaks.
A little over a week ago I had some colour in my back yard.
The colours were much more subdued than the previous week.
The oaks on the other hand were in their glory.
But some of the oaks had started losing their leaves.
These were in less protected locations.
One was a victim of November 1’s winds.
Here are 3 more sketches done in ink on my morning walks last week. The watercolour was added later. Most of the reds were gone but surprisingly some of the sumac were still persisting.
I was planning to paint the sumac behind my house yesterday (Friday) but after the heavy rain overnight on Thursday and the strong winds yesterday it looked something like this..