Right: Sketch of a birch tree on the outdoor plaza near the University of Minnesota Alumni Association plaza. (Approx 6 x 9 inches, Nideggen paper, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen and washes of gouache.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
The other day I was walking home from the Bell Museum. It was late in the day. A rainy day had turned into a brilliantly sunny one. The light bouncing off the side of the trees struck me. I had to stop.
Even though I didn't take time to really push the white (by letting my pan of white get softer so I could apply more paint) I feel that the paper and paint contrast enough to easily remind me of what I saw. And I could do this in only a couple minutes.
I love that about toned papers.