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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 24

Back at my new spot and back at this fallen birch tree. This time from the other side with a close-up of the roots.

Fallen Birch tree, Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Friday, 23 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 23

A new spot to draw, again the Amsterdam Forest but this area has a more woodsy scenery.
During this drawing I was surrounded by the sound of beech nuts falling from the trees, sounding like rain. They kept falling on my drawing pad and ended up being a nice little snack.

Fallen Birch tree, Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 22

Yesterday was the first day I felt a little cold drawing outside, in the shades. After a while I had to  move to a sunnier spot.
Temperatures had been way too high for the time of the year in the Netherlands but when I rode my bike into the Amsterdam Forest this week all of a sudden the paths were yellow with leaves and the leaden summer air had changed to a cool autumn air. How I love the change of seasons.

Fallen Birch tree, Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 21

Did I ever mention I love trees? I love trees! Today I stumbled on this lady leaning forward and I had to draw her.

Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 20

For some reason this one felt really good to do and I think it depicts the amazing sunny and peaceful atmosphere of that day really well.

Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Monday, 19 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 19

With this one I started with the background in ecoline saving the light areas like the birch trees. Then I slowly moved to the foreground adding bistre for the darker areas.
Adding pencil last I worked the other way around, starting at the foreground and adding the background last.

Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 18

Another revisit at the spot I drew on day 8 and 9. They are all so different!
In the middle of this drawing my three legged fishing stool broke which forced me to sit on the floor (not comfortable) and changed my perspective a bit.

Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Friday, 16 September 2016

16-09-2016 Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 16

In my previous drawing I decided to add more colour. Next to my usual (brown) bistre I added ecoline (burnt umber) and red ink. I also had to switch the colour of my pencil because I ran out of Derwent Graphitint ‘autumn brown’ and replaced it with ‘port’. But the ‘port’ one ended up really soft and broke all the time.
For this drawing I switched from ‘port’ to ‘juniper’, continued with the burnt umber ecoline and brown bistre and added green bistre.
This one was really fun!


Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2016 – Day 13

Thus far I’m very lucky the Dutch weather is cooperating with my plans to draw outside. Sun shining, temperatures around 27°C (80,6°F), it’s amazing!
Next week will be around 19°C (66,2°F) with possibly rain so I feel a bit pressured to push myself these last days of summer…


Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Forest, bistre & pencil, 24 x 30 cm