Drawing En Plein Air

This week at drawing class we spent the morning in Kensington Gardens sketching whatever appealed, both large and small.  For February, the weather was decent, although not as warm as Thursday had been, and sitting for an hour on a conveniently placed bench turned a bit chilly.  So I was pleasantly surprised to discover the hot water in the washhand basins in the otherwise rather unprepossessing public toilets……..

After lunch, back in the studio, we drew something of our own composition, from our sketches, memory and imagination, based on our impressions of our time in the park.

I had been struck by the straight line arrangement of all the trees, the straightness of all the paths, the complexity of the patterns created by the multiplicity of bare branches, and the gnarly and knobbly barks on some of the older trees and a row of trees curved against the prevailing wind.

I’m quite pleased with the solidity of the dinosaur foot tree roots, although I couldn’t decide what to do with the sky for fear of spoiling it……

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