Beech Hedge sketch and large oil-pastel and pencil study

I noticed this wonderful beech hedge at half term on the twisty road on the way to Askham in Cumbria that I really wanted to make a sketch of. I’ve already shared the photographs on previous posts. I walked along the road to find the motif one cloudy morning. The colours were stunning in the little stretch of hedge. I also like the way it was not over-managed. It felt very natural. There were pheasant screeching as I drew, they must live in the wood behind the hedge. I’m sharing the sketch made on the spot stood in a gateway at the bottom of this post, then the stages of making the large study. I take my oil-pastels and am used to getting as much information and colour down as I can. Don’t forget to click on the image to enlarge to see marks and colour.