Snowy hike along the Potomac

Yesterday it was snowing a bit in the middle of the day so we all went on a hike along the Potomac. The water was high, well above the base of many of the trees along the bank, which led to some very neat reflections. A few paintings might come out of this.

Experimenting with pencil and white on blue paper

I’ve been looking at Turner and Hercules Brabazon Brabazon sketches on toned paper and wanted to give something simple a try, so I made up this tree. Just wanted to see how some white highlights would look. This is something I will do more often. Palomino Blackwing 602 + titanium white watercolor on Tiziano blue paper.

Backyard Drawing

Nice weather today, so while my kids were playing I brought out some pencils and drew this 5×7 study of an interesting tree trunk next to the kids’ playset. I need to do more of this sort of this sort of drawing. Definitely inspired by David Tripp’s tree drawings.  Generic HB, 6B, and a dry ballpoint pen to carve out the white marks.