I love visiting Saratoga library at springtime. There’s something wonderful about sitting in the orchards that surround it, in the mustard fields, sketching. I thought mustard would be what I’d be sketching last week, but when Nina and I got there, it seemed to be all about the still-kinda-bare cherry trees, their gnarly branches all reaching out in different directions.
When I’m sketching something totally new, I just do a bunch of quick takes without thinking too much. It takes me a while to get a feel for my subject.
This little piece is on some warm-toned paper from Clairefontaine.
And the next two are in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.
Ever bring a sketch home and look at it and wonder “What was I thinking?” That’s me with this one above: Why did I paint in that one perfect-isosceles-triangle shaped tree? It looks like a comical hat on top of the library roof. I couldn’t completely take it away, but tried to make it less comical, see the before/after versions below…
I’ll be heading back to paint those trees full of blossoms, in a couple of weeks, perhaps.