On Tuesday this week I travelled to Rockport, MA to deliver my picture for the upcoming show. I was lucky enough to find a parking spot downtown but I had trouble with the new-fangled parking kiosk and only paid for one hour. After I dropped off the picture I had only 45 minutes left. I decided to sketch the famous building in Rockport Harbor that is a popular subject for artists. I believe it is called Motif #1. I was able to knock this off, buy some candy, and get back to the car just as the ticket expired.
It is hard to believe that 8 months have gone by since I last posted anything here. In that time I have been very busy finishing the last piece for my show at the Copley Society of Art as well as earning money to pay the bills, plus we added a new granddaughter to our family. I have continued to attend the Amherst life drawing sessions almost every week, but other than that I have rarely had the opportunity to take out the sketchpad, and when I did the results were not very impressive.
But, last week I got a chance to leave the other stuff behind and finally get out the pad for some quality sketching time when we vacationed at Sagamore Beach. It was our first Cape Cod vacation in 10 years. The weather was great and I had the chance to hang out with our family, including granddaughters Lucy and Margaux. I did one oil painting, which still needs a lot of work, and a bit of sketching. Here are some of my favorites (clockwise from top left; Lucy; our cottage; the beach looking south; and, the beach looking north):
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.