Looking for interesting seasonal developments I took an alternative route through a recently planted woodland garden of Birch – some shade but still a lot of sunlight between the young trees. This is an ink painting developed from a sketch made last August. The division of space in the composition, blue and yellow, refers to the cool shade and hot sunlight.
Before the seed head ripens to brown and silver it goes through a range of pink, red and green. This year was good, not a lot of rain in the summer, hot and dry, so very little black mould to discolour the drying seed head. I used indian and acrylic ink for this painting, reworking an oil pastel sketch from early summer. Throughout the year I fill sketch books with drawings, initially to record my idea of the transformation of plants but always with a focus that this is a resource for future artwork.
I use photographs when the weather is too cold or wet, or I am rushed for time but my preference is to work from my first impression recorded by drawing.