Nevada City trees / by debbie rich

I spent the holiday weekend in a quiet cottage nestled in the woods of Nevada City, CA. Also spent the weekend coughing & snuffling as I caught a cold while en route to this getaway. Being sick didn’t stop me from sketching just outside the cottage, though it did put a damper on my other outdoor explorations.

The four days ended in three brown pencil sketches. Here is stage 1 of the first to emerge. The challenge was figuring out how to deconstruct the wall o’ trees into a new grid pattern. And one of many reference shots. I'd like to capture the contrast between the shadowy trees and the light-filled sky, but I don't think it will happen for this drawing.