I decided to do my fiddlehead drawing on a small 3 x 5 scratchboard. I only had a half hour free. I carried my chair out into the woods, found a suitable clump of fiddleheads, and started scratching. This was only the second time I had tried scratchboard en plein aire. I used a black technical pen to draw the main shapes. The lines showed up enough to guide my scratching but were not visible in the finished picture. This is what I had at the end of the half hour.
That night I finished it off while watching TV. Total time, less than 2 hours.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.