Hayfield Meadow in Summer | The Unfathomable Artist


“Hayfield Meadow in Summer” [29th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist, drawing with H, HB, 4B, 8B, charcoal stick and white paint-pen, signed in black ink on 280gsm 250mm x 300mm gesso primed canvas [pad], digitally edited image 3215 x 2802 pixels.

I made “Hayfield Meadow in Summer” [29th July 2022] in approximately 50 minutes from start to finish.

Here is the photograph providing inspiration for my sketch:

“Hayfield Meadow in Summer – Photograph” [1218hrs, 6th July 2022] by Matt The Unfathomable Artist.

You can see the long grasses in the photograph (shown above) covering the lower-half of the composition. This is true of my sketch. Furthermore, I used ‘spatial-definition’ as a specific style, an artistic representation within “Hayfield Meadow in Summer” and in some of my other pencil works too.

Spatial-definition is wherever <blank canvas space> or <background monochrome> is used to purposely differentiate and/or amplify imagery within a composition.  For instance, this might be the sky shown as a blank void; or blank canvas space between grasses.

Would you like to know my favourite details within “Hayfield Meadow in Summer”?

In no particular order:

  • I love the breezy looking grasses,
  • the way the tall foremost mid-left grasses lean towards each other, almost in harmonious reverence either side of the ‘Y’ shadow shape, and,
  • the dot-and-dash like leaves and bushes arrangements in the farground.

You know, I kind of feel this artwork is nothing yet everything. Not many individual objects, except for the tall grasses, have any real structure for being something specific. Yet, we look at the artwork and create a sense of what the landscape should look like.

Almost like a landscape we want it to be.

You can see ‘spatial-definition’ to a greater or lesser extent in the following works by me: “The Observant Squirrel”, “Second Mount Foremost Pathway“, “Rusted Cart of the Nature Reserve”, “Curved Tree at Wren’s Nest Pond – original”, “James I IV Oak – Autumn Landscape”, “Evening at Hay Meadow – Original”, “Cluster of Oak Leaves in Hayfield Meadow – third version”, “Entrance to Wildflower Meadow”, “James IV & I Oak of Meadows Midst” and “Hayfield Meadow in Summer” (shown in image).

Hope you enjoy.


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