Last week was the first week since August last year that I was unable to visit Lane Cove National Park on any day. We had some crazy rain on Monday and Tuesday and then later in the week the whole park closed due to floods and fallen trees etc. So I’m hoping that I’ll be able to return soon and get back to some regular bush sketching.
Most of you are aware that I’ve been using spiral-bound sketchbooks lately. My last sketchbook was a 7×10 spiral Alpha and I struggled a little with the format (refer to my recent YouTube video).
So I decided to use a 10×7 Spiral Alpha next to see if the landscape format was easier to use. And indeed it was! However, as the scenes from Lane Cove Park include tall gum trees, I found the landscape format a little bit of a challenge. Ah! no such thing as a perfect sketchbook, hey?
First Lane Cove sketch in the new book and excited to explore some horizontal compositions.
A wet day and all the colours were intense.
Playing with texture on another wet day.
Feeling a little cramped in this sketchbook and wanted more height for those Sydney Blue Gum trees – there is not enough vertical breathing space!
Late in the day (on a rare sunny day) so I tried to record the dark afternoon shadows!
Sketching after a funeral – not really thinking about what I was doing, but doing something with my hand helped me process a lot of thoughts!
Another late in the day visit but everything was in the shade so I did a simple line drawing.
Sketching from my car due to light rain… looking between the trees to the south side of the river.
Two quick sketches on another two wet days – rain was falling on my page while painting the trees on the left.
My most recent visit to Lane Cove – over a week ago! I miss it a lot and hope to get back to sketching there again this week!