Some time ago I visited De Smorenhoek, a small but long meadow surrounded by wood embarkements. From Beek-Ubbergen it runs upwards to Berg en Dal. For years I haven’t visited the area and I thought I should visite it once more. Unfortunately it was a drizzly day and even though the scenery showed great motifs it was too grey to spot some exciting tonal ranges. Lucky for me my dad visited the place a week later and took this photo on the exact spot where I took one the previous week. Of course I am his son and so I must have herited his feel for composition from him.
It so happened that I sold my grapite pencil drawing ‘De Hofvijver – 20-03-20’ a couple of a days ago. Perhaps I got inspired by it since I made this one also in my impressionistic style with hatched strokes. That drawing also inspired to emulate the rays of sunlight but then cast across the meadow.
I decided to have the wood embarkement in the front serve as a gigantic repoussoir. The woods in the back I left rather vague so they would make a nice contrast with it. The tree in the front at the right side of the paper, contrast the repoussoir by a halo of light around the leafs. This is a kind of double whammy with regard to creating depth. I hope I drew it as nice as the perceptive ability of my dad.
Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura, Pentel 0.5 mm, 4B) on Tales Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
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