Spring Morning

The weather has improved and I was itching to get out and draw something. I went outside and there it was! The Shadbush (sometimes called Serviceberry) in the back yard. With its early buds in shades of burnt orange and the sunbathed setting, I had to try to capture something of its dazzle. Whether it dazzles or not, here is my attempt…

Shad-in-Spring--07
Two page spread in Handbook Watercolor Journal (approx. 8″ x 10″)

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

14 thoughts on “Spring Morning”

  1. Love what you’d done with the ‘bones’ of the serviceberry, and how you have varied the background both in textures and colors!

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    1. Thanks Julie. It was a challenge to try to keep the values light and retain white areas on the page so the drawing could “breathe”. Some of it works for me but I think parts got overworked and lost some of the sparkle that might have been. Overall it gets the setting if not all the dazzle. It felt great to be out in the Spring sun and air.

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  2. You captured the essence of May green and gold. I know what you mean by overworked, but to my eye it’s not. I’m so glad you felt the urge to get out in nature and draw.

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  3. Dazzling-ness (dazzle?) captured. Hard to believe you ever had a fear of color. It’s really beautiful.

    Sent from my iPhone.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. Watercolor is a good medium for Spring light. The transparency of the colors works well to keep things airy and in light values.

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