Last year this time around Spring I started a series of small graphite pencil landscapes, one per day. I finished my last Bettie Page painting some time ago, started a new project ( Frida Kahlo), the Corona crises came apparent and my art teachings came to a sudden end. Crash-bang-wallop!
Some time ago I went to visit Museum Kranenburgh at Bergen, North Holland where I also captured ‘Het Oude Hof’ a famous manor nearby.
On my extensive trips I sometimes come across specific spots of beauty and in this case not accidentally. I saw a great mansion ‘for sale’ at the Valkenlaagte and I am sure I cannot buy it on short notice.
The second one of Oosterbeek this week and I chose a specific spot in the park where there is a bend in brook running through it.
Oosterbeek – 07-04-20
I always find it difficult to draw an impressionistic blossom tree without falling back to depict branches and the blossom in a rather symbolic or linear way. High up the tree blossoms tend to show the same values as the sky and thefore only differ colourwise. Using only black and white makes it only more difficult and that is why I spend more time on this one than the previous drawing.
I exaggerated the white in the blossom a little bit whereas I drew a couple of more branches in order to avoid ending up with an amorphous tree in a hybrid play of light and dark around it. I think now the tree showss enough depth of field now. It is a beautiful tree by the way, standing in Oosterbeek Park, near Clingendael, The Hague, Netherlands.
Graphite pencil drawing (Pentel 0.5 mm, 3B) on Winsor & Newton paper (14.8 x 10.5 x 0.1 cm – A6 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers
A rather quick sketch of the manor ‘Voorlinden’ at Wassenaar, Netherlands, in which I skipped the hatched strokes and concentrated on the roundish shapes in the trees.
In these exceptional days of viral mayhem no one expected at the beginning of this year all of a sudden a first beautiful warm day in Spring arrived in The Netherlands. We are not in a complete lockdown here although there are restrictions as to social distancing, washing hands and all that. Nethertheless, I took my chances and at estate ‘Voorlinden’, Wassenaar I kept my distance toward a few others present there keeping their distance too.
This is my third solarized drawing I did since a long time and represents my regular model I know for years.
In my last drawing ‘Roundism – 29-03-20’ I employed the technique of solarisation again. It turned out to be a rather realistic one and so I decided to do another one more abstract.
These times I miss my model and look forward to have her over to sit for me again