Last night I did some rural sketching for a change. I went down to the end of the road and sketched the view out over the fields towards the old village. I'd only brought along a few pencils to indicate the colours, so most of the colour detail and variation was added later at home. And since I forgot to bring a camera along the colours are largely from memory.
This is what I ended up with last night:
The evening light is not really present, and the fantastic rainbow sky I'd seen to the East is much too pale here, but my wrist, elbow and shoulder were tired, and I decided I'd let it rest for the time being.
Looking at it today I still thought it needed that contrast and encroaching darkness, besides being generally dissatisfied with the whole thing. Somehow I can't manage working with that much colour, which is why I don't paint - I completely lose the overview of what's going on and the colours take control. The result is this kind of too flat, valueless image, swirling with wanton colours.
Going over the image again today I tried to keep a hold of what I was doing and get some depth and dusk into the image, but with only limited success. I tried to work both on the evening lighted landscape and the rainbow sky, which was clearly a mistake - now one doesn't know where to look. I also tried to blend and dampen the sky with a pale grey colour pencil, which turned out to have little pigment grains in the tip that made fine lines all over the sky. Oh well, it's only a drawing in a sketchbook after all, and I'm definitely no painter.
Rainbow sky drawing:
If you can see, with your painterly eye, just where I go so horribly wrong with these, please leave me a comment!