Walking Through Winter - St Michael's Churchyard, Helston
Original - image size: 74 x 42cm - graphite & carbon on paper
I've always enjoyed walking and have also found that it benefits my mental health so much. Since the global pandemic has taken hold, walking has become even more important to me for my physical and mental well being. There is something about striding through fresh air and nature that lifts my spirits even on my darkest of days. My favourite route through Helston includes this path through the lovely old churchyard of St Michael's. This particular trek was on a bright and very cold winter's morning. The air was crisp and the light was beautiful as it fell on the scene, lifting my spirits as I traversed through the older part of the town.
In this drawing I used a mixture of graphite powder and graphite and carbon pencils which I blended with paper stumps. I built up many layers and used various erasers to create shading and negative shapes. I loved trying to draw the many textures I could see and to try and create a sense of distance as the town rolls over the hills.