Swithland Woods, detail. Inktense, coloured pencil and a little ink
I sketched for a short while in Swithland Woods yesterday. I'd taken my Inktense pencils - and lovely as they are I really really felt the need for oil paints to cope with dappled light and the ability to put back light over dark. I'll have to get back there with my oils.
Swithland Woods, S&B Beta A4 sketchbook, unfinished
The sketch is unfinished because the background leaves got overworked and fussy as I tried to get the deep shade and brightly lit flashes of sunlit leaves - and the light changed dramatically, making the trees that had interesting light on them a few minutes before, simply silhouettes. It would have spread further over onto the right hand page. Woods are rather like seascapes though, where you have to work fast. Oil paint would have let me do it in the time and with simple direct marks. Pencil is so much slower even though this was a very quick sketch.
I could use a little gouache to simplify overworked areas but will leave it unfinished.
I love the way that the dried leaves on the ground take on a peachy pink colour against all that green,
Older work in the same area:
A previous oil painting done a short distance away in the same woods, 11x12 inches
And a tiny digital image of the same woods
Further sketches and paintings in the area here