|10/12/13 Platinum Carbon ink, watercolor, Canson Montval 140 lb. paper|
Yesterday Peggy Haug offered me some tips on making my trees look more dimensional. I think of Peggy as a tree-sketching goddess, so you can bet I listened. She suggested that I look for the shaded side of the tree, which isn’t always easy to see, especially when being dazzled by lots of brilliant colors. I looked back at my recent tree sketches with a critical eye and suddenly saw what she was talking about: I got so interested in all the bright hues that I had been forgetting that the same rules of light and shade still apply.
Eager to give her tips a try, I went out in the late afternoon, when I knew the low sun would be hitting a stand of maples on Northeast 75th Street just right. I parked on an inclining side street to sketch the reddest of the maples. (Yes, the sky looks blue and clear, but it was still too chilly to sketch outside the car!)
Peggy, how’d I do?