|6/3/23 Maple Leaf neighborhood
The first time I took a nature drawing class with Kathleen Moore, we met every week in a different city park to draw from
life. All of us sitting at Green Lake, she put a foam sphere on the grass, and
we were to render the sphere’s light and shadow. Eager to get on with drawing
trees, I was feeling impatient. Then she showed us how the crown of every tree
across the lake had the same light and shadow pattern as the sphere we were
drawing. [Insert brain explosion emoji here.] It seems so obvious and
straightforward that the sun is a single, consistent source of light, but
knowing the facts is not the same as understanding and learning. That was in
2018, and I still think about that lesson when I draw a tree.
On a walk last week, I spotted a plant covered with red berries, each tiny sphere reflecting the nearly-noon sun and a corresponding shadow. I suddenly remembered Kathleen’s lesson and looked for a nearby tree: It, too, showed the same direction and shape of light and shadow. A good teacher explains profound lessons in simple ways that stay with me forever.
Derwent Inktense pencils. Although I was aware of this annoyance at the time of the review, I didn’t have a sketch showing evidence of the issue, and then I forgot. It has annoyed me often enough that I have now updated the review.
|Tell-tale blue marks left by Inktense barrels.