A new spotPosted: May 12, 2017
For years it’s been a running joke in the comments area of this blog that all I do is sketch my wheelbarrow but never use it to haul stuff in the garden. Not true. I move it around, occasionally. Yesterday I put it to good use to move some river rocks from one place to another, but it was so rusty and squeaky that it quickly went back to its corner, albeit to a new spot leaning up against the shed instead of the oak tree.
We’ve had so much rain and cold weather this week in Montreal but the sun made an appearance today and I was SO happy to be outdoors that I just kept sketching outward from the wheelbarrow, right across two pages of my sketchbook. Looking at this scene with sharp and quite dark shadow areas, I was more interested in capturing values than colour so I worked in a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Hansa Yellow Medium. It’s amazing that with only these three primary pigments, I can obtain the secondary colours that I want — the bright greens of the spring trees, the orangey rust of the wheelbarrow and the purple of the shadows on the shed. I’ll be giving a demo of this primary triad at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago this July.