“I HOPE HEAVEN is like this!” enthuses one of my students on my first Drawing on
Reserves workshop. On a day like today this gritstone-walled pasture overlooking
a wooded valley at Stocksmoor near Huddersfield is a nature drawing journaler’s paradise.
We start with a few warm-up sketches. I give us 5 minutes for each subject - a capstone
from the gritstone wall, a foxglove, a tree and a cloud - interspersed with a five
minute session of writing down the sounds around us. (I added the colour to my five
minute sketches later).
After a mid-morning break, when I briefly show them the drawings I’ve been doing
recently, they tackle a more detailed drawing and after lunch the emphasis is on
Thank you to Simon Pedley of Kirklees Countryside Service for organising the event
and for taking these photographs of the workshop. The students enjoyed the day so
there’s a possibility of a second workshop - perhaps this time on an allotment, the
kind of subject matter I explored in my garden wildlife sketchbook Rough Patch. Hope
we’ll be as lucky with the weather!