My sketchbooks have become more working sketchbooks and less illustrated journals. Lots of notes and scribbles with painting plans, compositional studies, and working out motifs fill the pages. Yet every now and then I feel the need to capture a moment. I have been making an attempt to record the varying color of the sky during these winter months, which is what I set out to do yesterday. It was late in the afternoon and the light was fading fast as I sat at the table looking out our back door. With my previous sky sketches I edited out the trees, but yesterday I included the ridge on the horizon and some of the trees in our yard. Our yard is wooded with an understory of rhododendrons. There are so many trees that it is impossible to identify them all. We are used to looking through them, to see the light on the hills beyond.
Both sketches are watercolor only in a 7 x 10 Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook.