The last time I was out sketching was in 2007 and this is one of my sketches done at that time.
We went back to that same site today. Two things have changed – the tree and my ability to zero in on a subject. Neither has changed for the better. The tree has died and instead of zeroing in on the tree which is what I had intended to paint, I tried to put way too much in. The result is only so/so but it does remind me that I need to focus on my subject.
I also need to do more brushwork. For the past several years I have been doing very careful drawings and then pouring paint so very little brushwork has been going on in this studio. It shows.
I don’t plan to quit doing the poured pieces, I love doing them; however, I do want to be able to paint with a brush again too. The answer – practice. I really do enjoy being outside, feeling the warm sun, listening to nature, it’s calming. I’ll keep doing both.