Front view, back viewPosted: September 16, 2018
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting friends who live in a rural area and enjoy splendid views in every direction. Seated on their front porch I sketched a complex scene of barn and parking area. On the drive there we noticed that the trees are already showing the first signs of fall colour which seems odd since it’s been such a warm September in Montreal and it still feels like mid-August.
When drawing a scene like this across a double page in my sketchbook I try to first determine what I want to fit into the sketch. In this case I wanted to get in some of the barn, a tree on either side and a bit of the foreground path leading up to the parking area. If you draw those key elements in lightly with a pencil before getting into more detailed drawing, you are sure you’ll fit in the important shapes. After that you can add the details like rocks, planters, flags, etc.
Just before dusk I painted a second one from the back deck where the view is all open sky and newly ploughed hay fields. After commuting in traffic all week and rushing to get all my schoolwork done, it was a joy to have a few moments where all I had to do was let my eyes wander over the fields and across to the distant trees.