Drawing and painting outdoors is a way to get back to real observational skills and there is something in the image that has a freshness that photo assisted images just don’t have. I have worked from and with photos for more years than not, but I now have a strong desire to get back to the basics of working directly from nature. The other day, an artist friend and I went to a site in Martin County, Indiana and took a stab at drawing Brooks Bridge. It is my goal to get drawings that have some energy and spontaneity.
The first drawing is not as interesting to me and the next one. I over drew the first one and it became all too predictable. The next one is an example of how I am trying to edit myself as I go and get some energy into the work.