Today’s vintage watercolor is mostly a pen and ink sketch.
I used to spend hours trying to draw the fig tree in the back yard. You can see that this one was drawn at the end of fall. (Yes, autumn does come to California.) I remember being relieved that there weren’t many leaves to draw. Back then, I took drawing literally, and would try to draw each leaf in any tree I began to sketch. This amount of detail never lasted too long. I could monitor my fatigue by looking at the transition from wonderfully-shaped leaves to the wilder, misshapen ones at the end of a sketching session.
It took a lot of will power for me to end this sketch. Normally I would feel compelled to include background details. I like this minimalist look.