Some of the sketches were more successful than others - for example some of the rapid;y executed sketches I tried to do with a brush and india ink at the beginning of a rainstorm were really appalling. Also I was still trying to get to drops with my new watercolour sketching kit. I tried a sketch of the willow with this and really struggled because having put in the skeleton of the tree, this dark tone showed through the foliage. From this I understood that when using translucent colour I should block in the foliage before the branches.
I found that simplifying and breaking down trees into composite shapes was much easier with distant trees than when viewing them close up. There was an almost overwhelming temptation to draw individual leaves and twigs when looking at a tree in close proximity.
|Distant Trees (Oak and others Unidentified)|
|Fig and Olive|
|Looking at negative shapes between branches (right)|
|Various pines including Mediterranean umbrella pine|
|Large Cedar overhanging the road.|