Jagst hike & paint, Etappe 14, autumn colours close to Kirchberg
Over late summer, new developments, some commission work and a few fantastic sketching events, I somehow lost track of my beloved Jagst Project. Usually I am very much focused, but this time I let the project pause for a while, as this is a very personal thing and there is neither a deadline, nor an endpoint to it.
My todays idea is: Painting close to Kirchberg and getting down the fall colours on paper. My eye was caught by the colours of a slough bush first. This is what I was searching for.
Here is a closer view/cutout of my first watercolour of the day:
A lot of small fruit on my large A3 paper. I was quite concentrated, but I need to move and hurry a bit to get another one done… on my way I collected lots of beautiful coloured leaves from the ground. Maybe I could use them later for a study.
I started another A3 watercolour, but did not get it totally done. Actually I sketched till I reached the point you see in my upper unfinished watercolour, before I got too cold. I packed my stuff and the did the rest of watercolouring back at home, before I freeze to the bone. Below you can see the finished piece.
It was again too short a time and I enoyed very much sketching closer views. The outside temperature was the most challenging thing. Although I had a stool, blanket and very warm clothes, in the end you cannot deny that it is already fall.
Back in my studio I unpacked the leaves I had collected and ended the day with a leave study.
Somehow I underestimated the challenges of weather in fall, plus the days become a lot shorter. Need to adapt.
Material: A3, 300 g watercolour paper
Weather: Sunny, but very cold, about 6 ° Celsius, so without my blanket and my gloves I would not have made it…
Thoughts: The colourful surrounding inspired me to collect the very different shaped leaves and make a study out of them. From now on my trips will always be more far from home. Hope the sunny weather will last for some more weeks. Not sure yet if I will paint with snow and even lower temperatures…
Learning: Better begin earlier in the day, as it gets dark too soon.
Had a lot of solitary fun „in the woods“, but my aim for next time is to draw some landscapes as well. Cheers Bettina