Thursday, February 16, 2006

Rooflines and Trees



More rough sketches. This is the view from my kitchen window. This is where I usually see the moon early in the evening, or a glimpse of the sunrise in the morning. Such a familiar subject should be easy to draw, but I find that each sketch is different, and none are accurate, yet they're starting to tell me what I need to know. I had to do a study of the tree branch by itself, even though I've drawn it numerous times before. The coil binding of the sketchbook interrupts the flow, but then there's a divider in the window, too, cutting the branch in half.

I'm pondering a series with this motif and different skies and weather. Last year I saw a sunset at the National Gallery that was just a dormer window and roofline silhouetted against a yellow sky. I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. The painter was Lemieux. (Jean-Paul? Jean-Luc? I forget!) He had a lot of wonderful landscapes and city scapes with very minimal subject matter, pared right down to the bone but eloquent. He was from Montreal, and much of the landscape he dealt with was similar to what's around here.

Drawing houses exposes my weakness in straight lines and perspective. I need to get a ruler and protractor and take measurements before I tackle the next one.

4 comments:

Leah said...

I actually really like the perspective on those. The sketch of the tree branch is really quite lovely!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your advice on putting a zipper in. I've been reading up on it & I think I'm just going to do a trial run with all your good advice!

Bethro said...

I realize I just commented but I wanted to say...great pictures! They are beautiful.

Ashley said...

love the pictures, you definitely have some talent. Thanks for the comment in my blog, I love comments so don't hesitate. I do nothing but search for more blogs to read.

Love the color you're making your scarf.

Agnes said...

Leah, Bethro, and Ashley, thanks for your comments. Now I feel like a real blogger!