Sketches From The Harvard Forest

streamside sketch, graphite on Rives BFK, 10x15

Cascade on the brook, Harvard Forest, 15×10 graphite on Rives BFK Tan

Lots of fine scenery here, and new sketches from the field. Posted here are a few drawings made from the banks of the rushing stream behind Benson House, from the most comfortable mossy seat, with the peaceful sounds of water close by cascading over granite boulders.

Patch of snow, Harvard Forest
Snow patch, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA. Graphite on 12×12 Rives BFK Tan


Waterfall and pool, Harvard Forest, 16×20 graphite on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper

I’m off for a couple of days on Martha’s Vineyard for sketching, birding, and long walks on the beach. See you when I get back. And thank you for the kind words and thoughts about Cody; he was a good boy and I miss him.

6 thoughts on “Sketches From The Harvard Forest

  1. Caroline Crayon says:

    Hi motmot

    These drawings teach me a lot about the role of value and of pattern. I’m so stuck in my linear, naive style that I forget about showing perspective through shadow and light. These are just beautiful. I secretly hope you are very bad at something, perhaps piano or washing dishes, so that some kind of balance is achieved.

    I’m very sorry to hear about your dear Cody. He looks like a loving and happy soul. When an animal friend dies, it goes right through our souls. They are the only ones with whom we exchange totally unconditional love.

  2. Learn to draw says:

    Very nice sketches. You’re fortunate to have access to beautiful country like that. I do a lot of wildlife art work and whenever I’m out in nature I feel inspired to draw. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work I’m gonna go over and check out your website.

  3. 100swallows says:

    I wonder what old Cennini in 1425 would have said if he had told you to go out and draw from nature and you came back with these? How they would have surprised him!

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