For me, drawing a landscape can be extremely overwhelming. As you can see, I didn’t get this drawing finished today. But I still put marks on paper and sat in the sun for a long time, enjoying the scene and the breeze. A simply perfect summer day.
Drawing on site is also difficult because the light and the cloud cover is constantly changing so while you may be trying to draw a shadow, the next minute you may have full sun.There is so much detail in each individual tree that it makes it really hard to narrow down and edit the drawing to complete the idea. Plus, I was getting cooked in the sun even with the temperatures 20 degrees cooler than at my house down in the Shenandoah Valley. This is a drawing that I could come back to and complete at a later date or turn it into a painting with much more interest. All in all, the experience of drawing today was a meditation of the meadow that I shared with bumble bees and the scent of the Joe-Pye weed they were dancing on.