Trying to draw Wismarplatz in Winter


After some months of basically being locked in by the cold, rain, and snow, every day I wake up hoping that this day the sun is going to come out and allow me at least a tiny bit of sketching outside. On Friday it didn’t, but I drew anyway, without taking off my gloves. That was the first drawing above. The next one is the same place very early on Saturday, this time in the bright low morning light that makes the streets glister. The last two attempts were made later that day (again the same place, just different views) – but I had to abandon the one on the left, because the water from my waterbrush was freezing on the paper and on the palette. I’m still struggling to find a satisfying way to draw trees in winter. The only ways I can think of that would do the trees justice at all just take too much time. This is how I drew Wismarplatz last May:
Monday 24 May
I love May. I think I could live with it always being May in Berlin.
I drew some people, too:

4 Responses to “Trying to draw Wismarplatz in Winter”

  1. how about using a heating pad (the reusable ones with sodium acetate) for keeping the palette (and/or your fingers) warm?

  2. Hmm, sounds good, but already holding palette and sketchbook in one hand to have the other for drawing, I do wonder how I would be able to hold onto it. I think I have to try, though.

  3. two words: duct tape :)

  4. Yes!

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