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February 15, 2012

Landscape Sketches

by gordonmichaelsutton

A couple of weeks ago I drove over to North Wales to start some preparatory landscape sketches with a view to having a first go at oil painting. Started to review some earlier sketches, too, and found these. It’s the view from Thurstaston on the Wirral. The name Thurstaston betrays the Wirral’s Viking origins by the way!

The view looks out across the River Dee to Wales and out into the Irish Sea. Wide open skies above as the photo below shows.

I like to try a quick sketch first to try to get a working sense of the shapes, shadows, and outlines. Then have a go at a more detailed sketch.

Noticed that I was mainly using pencil in my sketches at the time, whereas now I’m using charcoal much more.

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