thunderheads and stubble …

Stormy skies & stubble field

Stormy skies & stubble field � Mari French 2016

A few sketchbook spreads from a recent day sat at the edge of a local harvested barley field. I’d passed it earlier in the day on my way back from shopping, so when I got home I threw my sketch bag in the car and shot straight back (about 3 miles from home).

Dark impressive storm clouds were towering on the horizon. It was very humid, with bees buzzing, crows calling in a nearby field, warm wind, skylarks. Thunderheads massing but then dispersing away over the fields. Bronze stubble. 

Decided I’d try to be a bit looser than my usual watercolour sketches, so I used ink, gouache, posca paint pens and tried to evoke the movement of the wind and the birds and insects over the field.

Stormy skies & stubble field � Mari French 2016

Stormy skies & stubble field � Mari French 2016


Thunderheads over stubble field � Mari French 2016

Thunderheads over stubble field � Mari French 2016

 

 

 

shades of gold …

Recent Plein air watercolour sketches of …

the reedbeds and whelk sheds at Brancaster Staithe

autumn field further inland

and the glorious beech woods near Massingham and West Acre

… all around North west Norfolk

Whelk sheds, Brancaster Staithe. Mari French

Whelk sheds, Brancaster Staithe. Mari French

Reed beds. Mari French

Reed beds and tidal mud. Mari French

Autumn field. Mari French.

Autumn field. Mari French.

Beech woods near West Acre. Mari French

Beech woods near West Acre. Mari French

Beech woods and stubble, Massingham Heath. Mari French

Beech woods and stubble, Massingham Heath. Mari French

harvesting inspiration…

detail © Mari French 2012

detail © Mari French 2012

…a few sketches from a recent exploration along local country lanes, during the harvest season, led to some promising experimental imagery…

track through ripening barley

track through ripening barley, watercolour/ink pencils.
© Mari French 2012

above… I thought purple skies in a couple of instances would get across the heat of the summer day better than the usual blue.

Rain clouds over ripening crops

Rain clouds over ripening crops
© Mari French 2012

at last … I discovered that this particular blue/purple crop (below) I’d noticed recently, was the herb Borage (nice edible flowers), and not flax or linseed, which seemed more prevalent last year.

stubble and borage crop

stubble and borage crop, watercolour/oil pastel
© Mari French 2012

…and subsequent experimental images, created as soon as I got back, inspired by the field imagery, using ink-stained tissue paper, sponge rollers etc, deliberately avoiding using usual media like pencil, brushes… I want to take these further sometime soon.

experimental 1

experimental 1
© Mari French 2012

experimental 2 © Mari French 2012

experimental 2 © Mari French 2012

experimental 1 © Mari French 2012

experimental 1
© Mari French 2012

experimental 3 © Mari French 2012

experimental 3 © Mari French 2012