An Approaching Storm - Colored Pencil Drawing

"An Approaching Storm" Colored Pencil

In the midst of an already grievous winter, an approaching storm gradually extinguishes the landscape’s last sliver of light. The inclement weather rushes in aggressively as it envelopes the magnificent range of rugged peaks.


Extending across the page, a strip of turquoise sky is still visible above the embattled scenery. It won’t be long, though, before a cloak of cool-gray smothers the valley in a shroud of deep snow.


The high mountains assume a defiant posture as their sharp edges tear through the soft atmosphere, creating patches of bare rock. The kaleidoscope of broken terrain sparkles in blue-violet before the impending storm’s onset.


The forested foothills are distinguished by three different, overlapping tiers of conifers. As the woodland ramparts recede into the distance, the wintery colors gradually become several shades bluer.


The wide, white meadow sweeps across the foreground, its smooth surface decorated with elongated shadows. The same purple found in the snowy summits is carried down below into the very bottom of the composition.


The naturalistic drawing features muted colors laid down with a heavy hand in order to express the austere beauty displayed before a big storm. Even during the worst weather, the hidden blue sky is still there, waiting to be revealed.


If you can summon the strength to allow for patience, faith and fortitude, light eventually overcomes the darkness. Once the clouds disperse, the sun’s comforting rays warm the earth and that lost, blue sky is finally found.

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