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.


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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.