This was the second piece I did for the sketchbook this year. I gathered fallen, decaying leaves and noticed how much their skeletal structure resembled trees. I thought it would be fun to do rubbings and place them as trees in a landscape. I gathered moss to cover the ground in the piece, though mostly the stems came through in the crayon rubbing.
I chose a soft sky inspired by the light grey cloud cover and white diffused sun disc common in winter in the Pacific Northwest.
Though it’s a simple composition I’m pleased with the intricate textures captured from the leaves. This project of Northwest Winter Textures did bring me to appreciate nature’s amazing detail.