I ended Thanksgiving weekend sitting in a local park with Iva, sketching the trees. Yes, again.
For this first sketch I used a Micron, a pen I rarely use, only because I’m impatient with it: it’s a slower line drawing tool than a fountain pen ( in my hands) and it doesn’t have line-thickness, whichI love. But i do like the spare line quality that single-thickness line brings, sometimes.
High-tension power lines run across my neighborhood, and all the land below them is designated as park area, giving us a long, continuous swath of open land. I have walked this stretch countless times in the last few months and have been so thankful for our green spaces. There is something otherworldly about the combination of sounds you hear here: the birdsong with the ever-present hum of power lines backing it up.
This second piece is just the tree on the left, and a couple of people who walked past.
Rendered in Posca markers in little stipples of color. Working like this helps me find unexpected color in assumed colors. Since the markers are opaque, I can layer them on in any order. The color that holds this together is gold, which is that ochre-like color you see with a slight shimmer.