Sometimes there is a topic you paint, which you feel drawn to paint or draw again and again. Sometimes it is because you are not satisfied with the result. Sometimes you want to try something a little different.
On our walk the other day, we can across a really cool old tree. It was cool because it had this interesting hollow in it. Then there was the light across it (my favourite part) and the pattern of the bark. So I took a photo that I might draw it later (I did a great number of photos to draw later :))
So I have been drawing the tree. First I did it in gouache on toned paper. I was not really happy with the results... my gouache being the cheaper variety ;)
Next up I tried pastels on watercolour paper. This I was VERY happy with, despite the fact that I would have vastly preferred the toned paper for my pastels :)
Finally I tried some pencils on watercolour (cold pressed) paper. I think it looks unfinished, so I'll try to figure out what it needs and add it :)
Will I try to return to the tree again? Maybe. I have an inkling of trying ink and wash or just watercolour. Either way, the tree is now immortalized in my art journal :)