I’m not sure if I learned perspective drawing in geometry class or in art class, but I always loved one- and two-point drawing. As the daughter of an engineer, I had access to mechanical drawing tools and my teen works often had a hard-edged 3D quality to them. Influences were record album graphics, Star Trek, and Buckminster Fuller, via The Whole Earth Catalog. I used to render chemistry molecules as 3D spheres, to the delight of my chem teacher.
This verdant canopy of trees along Prospect Park Southwest was a perfect subject for me to paint and experiment with the drawing perspective and colors. The drawing is off a bit in some areas, like the cars, but they are not crucial to the image. So much for wanting to paint using minimal amounts of brushstrokes! There are a gazillion in this painting and I love the Arches paper for the ability to really attack the surface with brushes and wetting and scrubbing.
I am off to watercolor class where I am looking forward to painting something other than trees—pomegranates and artichokes, maybe?
Watercolor and graphite
Arches Cover Stock, 140 lb, 14″ x 19″