Impressionistic landscape graphite pencil drawing

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Marlot – 11-04-20

A Sudden End and a New Beginning

This graphite pencil drawing ‘Marlot – 11-04-20’ marks the beginning of Spring. Last year this time around I started a series of small graphite pencil landscapes, one per day. Now it was time to visit Marlot. Due reason because I finished my last Bettie Page painting some time ago. Then the Corona crises came apparent and my art teachings came to a sudden end. Crash-bang-wallop! In the meantime I started a new project (Frida Kahlo) but that is going to take a lot of work over time. A wonderful opportunity to capture nature in between. Well, that would be parks then here in The Hague.

Time for a Break

Tine for a break because hitherto every day seems like the other. Now I feel what the retired must feel like. So I give myself an excuse to break out of my apartment. We are in an intelligent lock-down situation in The Netherlands. I set off on a daily bicycle tour to various parks and sceneries here in The Hague. One of them is an intimate little park called ‘Marlot’ where I drew a couple of years back. There are lots of rhododendrons lingering about, just as the brooks do throughout the whole park.

The Recipe

The recipe for a successful drawing was eminent: trees unfolding their leaves, water reflections and what have you not. Tomorrow I will return to two urgent matters: my quarterly VAT return (bleh!) and return to Frida again because she is looking like beaten with an ugly stick. Better improve her ressemblance. Frida would have loved my love for landscapes though. Consequently, spending time in nature also will elevate my regards for her.

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

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