28 Mar 2018. This drawing developed from a sketch which I thought could be developed further. The remains of the harvested corn in the snow reminded me of weary soldiers and there was an atmosphere in the bleak scene that appealed to me.
As I worked on a larger drawing it seemed to be missing something, and following Van Gogh’s example in the drawing I’d admired (Blog 44) I added a bird. Like him, I also added some colour, particularly to the foreground, which increased the sense of depth. I put more variation in the sky, but not as much as Vincent did. I worked on white cartridge paper and used mainly graphite stick plus some oil pastel, soft pastel, pastel pencil and ink. I wanted the distant church to stand out so I left the sky behind it white and drew it in ink.
Finished work, along with Van Gogh’s “Country Road in Loosduinen”