Meadow Light – charcoal, graphite, carbon drawing


“Drawing the landscape is a way to feel the work of Mother Nature” by Mary

One year ago I drew a landscape that always seemed to call me back, like it just needed something to give it more life, a punch if you will.  I wasn’t quite on page with what it needed and then suddenly it hit me – work the middle ground giving it some depth, enhance and dramatize the foreground tree.  So I went back into it and gave it one more shot ~

Meadow Light, a drawing (8×10) that was done with graphite, charcoal and carbon on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  I wanted the foreground tree to be more substantial, so I sprayed it with a fixative to give it more texture and using carbon and charcoal it was enlarged with the cracks and crevices given more depth from lower values and exaggeration.   Then I went to work on the middle ground, it was missing personality, so some of the sunlight rays were eliminated and shrubs, trees/stubs were added with some definition.  Yes, this drawing finally spoke to me ~

Here is the final drawing, Meadow Light

The original drawing from 2/2016

Thanks for visiting ~

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59 Responses to Meadow Light – charcoal, graphite, carbon drawing

  1. A lovely mixture of different textures, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Graham for your response to the drawing – was great fun working through textures with the various mediums. Appreciate it!

  2. I thought the original work was enchanting, but the revised one is even more so.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ruth, thanks very much for your read on the drawing – it was scary, but fun to dig in and work through my vision for the piece. I’ve tried commenting today on yours and others blogs but for some reason WP is having some hiccups today. Will get back at it a bit later. Have a great weekend.

  3. ladyfi says:

    I love the way you have re-worked it to give it a dreamy quality.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Fiona – it’s a chance, sometimes re-working a piece works and sometimes it ends up being an “oh no” moment!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Christy B says:

    I love that the image called you back ~ and you DID add personality to it! Splendid creation, Mary ❤

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Christy, so glad you enjoyed the revised drawing. Enjoyed reading your response about going back – I imagine that you probably get called back within something that you’ve written and your changes or additions breath fresh air into a piece? Thanks again my friend.

  5. Kathy LaCorte says:

    Ok Mary, your cousin Kathy here, I am not an artist but that tree is so realistic I thought this was a photograph. Reminds me of some very old oak trees here in Florida. I hope that is a compliment because that is how I meant it.

    • Mary says:

      So wonderful to see you Kathy, you made my day! Thank you for taking the time to visit and for leaving such a kind comment and compliment. I know what you mean about those old oak trees, we have them around TX they are pretty fascinating when you take a good look at them. Means a lot to see you – Happy Spring cousin. Love you – Mary

  6. ventisqueras says:

    straordinarie sfumature

  7. Excellent texture, shading and depth
    and the work is genuinely alive

    First rate, Miss Mary

    Big hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Uncle John for your generous read on the drawing – I was really after texture in the foreground tree, thank you for noticing. It was a great little piece to work on – love drawing landscapes. Thank you always for your encouraging compliments ~

  8. cmartzloff says:

    I like the sensitivity and softness in both drawings. I think you did an amazing job of adding more interest and detail in the updated version without losing those qualities. Not easy to do in my experience.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Catherine. To be honest, I was a bit timid to go back in worrying that I was going to destroy the qualities that you mention ~ happy that it turned out okay. Thanks again~~

  9. Movement as well as light so well captured.

  10. restlessjo says:

    I love the way you have with light! So soft and lovely, Mary. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much Jo, there is something about soft light that speaks to me – it’s my goal to capture it in my work. Appreciate that you saw this quality in the drawing.

  11. Beautifully expressed and a difficult subject in that it is quite nebulous….however, your composition and the strength of the tree in the foreground give it real substance. Am really enjoying seeing this new work. Janet 🙂

  12. Great work – even the first part but you are right; sometimes after it incubates for a while, we figure out ways to make it stronger. Very nice!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Lisa, you have such a closeness with nature – you understand totally what I was referring too. Hope you have a wonderful day ~

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so lovely! Great play between light and dark.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Fiona – it was exactly the contrast between light and dark that caught my attention. Thank you for mentioning!!

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Speaking of black and white…these are gorgeous drawings, Mary. Love them!

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Jane, thank you so much for your generous comment – glad you enjoyed the drawings! Working those B&W values really appeal to me, thanks for mentioning.

  15. Sharon says:

    It speaks to me, too. Lovely.

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Sharon, thank you so much for your feedback!

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks, Mary. My life was turned upside down late summer when my mom, then father-in-law, both passed away within a month of each other. The end, the grieving, and then the ensuing responsibilities left little time and energy for much beyond getting through the days. I appreciate your continuing to follow and like my images, even though I didn’t respond in kind. Thank you! I hope to visit more often now :).

        • Mary says:

          Oh Sharon, I am so sorry to read this news – it brought tears to my eyes. Please accept my condolences, can’t imagine how you and your family has held up. I understand, as my family is dealing with some very serious issues as well right now – it’s difficult. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for taking time to write and know that I really appreciate it. Best wishes and hope that your lens brings you some peace and contentment as you connect with nature again. Your friend, Mary

  16. neihtn2012 says:

    That second version spoke to me also. You did a marvelous job transforming it from the original into something vibrant and appealing.

  17. Amy says:

    Both are beautiful, Mary. It’s so brilliant to add the sun ray of the second drawing from the back of the tree and eliminate the shrubs. I love it!!

  18. …and it speaks to me too, my dear Mary! Bravo, my friend! 🙂

  19. Sublime, Mary. The detail is extraordinary!

  20. Wow! The original was beautiful, but you’ve really made it come alive with your tinkering. Nicely done, Mary!

  21. Highly realistic and impressive!

  22. Elisa Ruland says:

    Hi Mary! So happy to see your posts again. Hope you are well. I do enjoy your talents!

  23. Resa says:

    Wow! You made an impressive improvement on something that was wonderful to begin with!

  24. Susan Feniak says:

    That tree is amazing Mary! Mother Nature has spoken to you.

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