On Tuesday it was back to Rockport, bringing in a piece for the next show. I left very early in the morning to avoid the worst traffic and to ensure I got a parking spot near the gallery. I therefore had a couple of hours to kill before the gallery opened. It was a beautiful sunny morning. I went out onto one of the piers, took a seat looking out toward the water and sketched the boats in the harbor. There was a man there doing a painting, so when I finished that I did a quick sketch of him.
I have a drawing problem and being at a beautiful place like Millen Pond only makes it worse. I see a canoe on the water or the sunlight on the far shore and I instinctively reach for my pen and pad. Perhaps that’s how I compensate for the shortness of our stay, by trying, perhaps, to take some of the beauty back home with me. Anyway, we had great weather all week and I had plenty of time to draw and paint. As usual, I brought a variety of different media with me and found time to give them all a try.
The red canoe is with a water soluble marker.
The orange canoe was with Inktense pencils. I’m always fascinated by the trees on the far slope and how you can pick out the individual crowns as they march up the hill.
This is a sketch of the inside of the cabin with a dip pen.
On Friday afternoon I toured the lake in my kayak with my sketch pad and artist pen. It was tough drawing in a moving boat, but I was able to get these cottages and a passing loon.
I did complete one painting and started another while I was there. The first painting was a view from our dock that I first sketched with the water soluble markers.
The two ancient pines on the far shore are still there and are still a beloved subject for my pen and camera. Here are some of the sketches I did of them during the week. I had a couple of days left after completing the first painting so I decided to start on another featuring the pines, but, as you can see, I didn’t get far.
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.