March 30th, cherry blossoms should be getting ready to put on a show here in Washington, but this year is different. We are having rain, sleet, snow this weekend. A few daffodils and other early bulbs have started to bloom, but really, it’s still pretty dreary out there. Until I find a fresher subject, I will explore drawing nests a while longer. To change things up a bit I am using graphite on board.
For the first nest, Expecting, I used graphite and graphite dust on a gesso board by Ampersand. The board has an even texture with just enough tooth to hold on to the graphite. The second one is a little larger. I prepared this board myself. I decided not to sand after applying several coats of gesso and to leave the pattern of brush marks to add interest to the drawing. For The Funnel Nets I used graphite in all forms, pencil, dust and water-soluble.