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From a Forest Path

Bernwood Forest - Watercolour
Bernwood Forest

This is the painting I was working on when I saw that hare on Saturday. A mix of trees and already-orange bracken on the far side of the path; a variety of grasses on my side.

I started underdrawing with a water-soluble graphite pencil, working out the shapes of some of the main tonal clusters, and then began laying in colour. I used my dagger brush – long, floppy bristles tapering along an angle to a fine point. It isn’t a great choice for large, smooth washes but is brilliant for getting into corners and creating effects, including those fine grass stems.

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