My work brings me to a lot of interesting and beautiful places. In early May it was to the salt marshes in the western end of Barnstable Harbor on the north side of Cape Cod. It was an overcast but warm day and I enjoyed a delightful boat ride up into the marshes with the crew from the Barnstable Department of Natural Resources. Later, from land, I drew a couple of pencil sketches of the marshes.
Last October my family bought me a kayak for my birthday. They picked one out that was well-suited for drawing or painting on the water. I finally took my maiden voyage in early May on a sunny and warm Sunday. I went down to the Thousand-Acre Swamp below the house, which the beavers have turned into the thousand-acre pond and took a spin around and then decided on drawing this half-drowned pine snag, using pen and inktense pencils.
On Friday evening I manned the Art Shop during the First Friday Coffeehouse at the GALA Art Center. Three great singer-songwriters performed and I took a stab at drawing the performers.
On Saturday morning I manned the pick-up location for the County Conservation District seedling sale at the Red Apple Farms. During lulls in the activity I drew the sketch below.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.