Sketching Into the Weekend

imageI prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

Andrew Wyeth

Since my high school years, I have preferred winter trees a a subject for drawing. With the ragweed season out of control, I cannot go outdoors to draw trees from direct observation, so I continue to sketch them from my imagination, a practice that I always fear leaves caricature or cartoony effects. Soon the wretched ragweed will die, the fall colors will change, leaves will disappear and once again I will be able to look directly at my subjects and attempt to draw them as they really are.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to learn.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.


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4 Responses to “Sketching Into the Weekend”

  1. Linda Myro Judd Says:

    Do you ever draw from a photograph?


    • davidtripp Says:

      Hi Linda. I generally draw from the real subjects, though I sometimes watercolor from photographs. Unfortunately, these recent trees are from out of my memory, and I fear that drawing that way will yield up cartoons instead of what is really out there. That is the main reason that I generally draw from what I can see in 3-D. Once I can go outdoors without sneezing and blowing my nose from the ragweed mess, I’m confident that I’ll draw better trees!


  2. DrawingConnections Says:

    Lovely sketch.


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