Wednesday, June 8, 2011

At the Edge of the Woods

6-5-2011, At the edge of the woods.
©2011 Carolyn A. Pappas, 6-5-2011 Sketchbook Page (At the Edge of the Woods). Pen and marker in large handbook sketchbook.

I made this sketch at the edge of a patch of woods, so the leaves I sketched were a combination of lawn type weeds and typical underbrush that you would see in the woods. Even though it has been really hot here, the leaves still look "springlike" because they are all varying shades of green instead of the uniform green of summer. The ferns have all sprouted up and the dragonflies were out in full force.

You can also see some downed branches from the recent storms last week. The tornadoes did not come near my area, but we did still have severe thunderstorms. It is pretty remarkable for tornadoes to come through Massachusetts at all, and these were particularly destructive, carving a thirty-nine mile path across the southern part of the state from Westfield to Brimfield.


  1. nice sketches--and I love the composition you made from these somewhat random leaves and stems tangled at the edge of the woods.

  2. Carolyn, what a wonderful picture of the plant communities in your area. Rich woods!

    And I'm very glad you're safe...


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