impressionistic treescape pastel drawing

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Hatertse Vennen (Hatert Meres) 09 (2014)

More Light

An impressionistic pastel of the sun setting through the trees at the Hatertse Vennen (Hatert Meres), Gelderland, Nederland. After the last one I wanted to show more sunlight because I felt that was missing. Landscapes can look very bland, almost greyish if there is a neutral lighting caused by a full or partial cloud cover.

Monet’s Statement

I fully concur with what Monet used to say: “I do not paint objects but the light on them”. Since then I prefer treescapes like these ‘contrejour’ (against daylight). The risk one faces is that the subject becomes blackened but in this particular case the sun already was setting so the landscape was not overlit.


For a brief moment I had the opportunity to study the color scheme of the tree trunks in the shadow, colors of the leafs and the golden light beams shining and shimmering through. Of course there was not enough time to capture it at the very spot but I remembered it and elaborated it on pastel paper in the confort of my studio.


This pastel became instructional for my students to whom I can show how treetops shift in color because they do not have a lot of mass and are very thin. The light almost tends to bow around them and light in treetops becomes shattered, shining more intense than at the bottom of the tree. Therefor the trunk below is dark, shows blues, purples and greens and up in the tree you can see pinks, oranges, yellows and lilacs. Same wood, different colors.

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Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper (50 x 65 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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