This is Laura c-w, sending you greetings and warm wishes.
February spilled into March, now March is spilling over into April. Here in the frozen North we are still enjoying gray, moist, chill. The hints of green are elusive. This year even the crocus are biding their time.
My sketchbook seem filled with studies of cracks in the ice. These changes in surface fascinate me. I've been looking at the contours of some puddles as they expand and contract, the fissures in deeper ice, the fingers of thaw along banks. All interesting patterns.
Basic tools include visual reference ( a rock with patterning similar to my idea/memory of ice, pigma pen, Derwent water soluble pencil, mechanical pencil, hard white eraser - for softening areas.
Here are some pages:
graphite with water applied
Pigma ink, all lines
combination graphite, ink and erased areas
the essential contours, drawn very quickly with the pencil on its side.
Where will these studies take me? If the season changes quickly, I may find color more important as a stepping off point. If the current conditions persist, I envision some soft painted surfaces exploring these lines and patterns. We'll see. Does the weather inform or influence your visual work? If so, how?