One of the exercises in Atessa during the textile course was to use no more than 10 lines to describe the planes and lines of a mountain landscape. A good exercise for removing the overwhelm which such a landscape can convey.
It was tricky at first – not to get caught up in interesting colours, details etc, but after a while it gave a totally different way of looking – very fascinating.
An example is here;
And with a value sketch as next step:
And finally a value sketch with four chosen colours:
Being home again, I sat in the bus yesterday on my way to the station, looking out over the beautiful landscape around me and suddenly – wow – a lot of planes, angles and lines – where is my sketch book 🙂 – will be good to work with!