Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, #1


Time for a new Thursday’s drawing project – yes, you’ve guessed it another wave scene!  I’m allowing 45 minutes to one-hour tops each week for working on this piece – I don’t want to interrupt my focus.

Strands of Silk (6×9) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using 2H, HB, B and 3B graphite pencils.  I love the scene, but oh boy it’s going to be a dozy with many challenges because of the long main wave.  I’ve drawn a basic foundation of the scene, but the real development will be when water patterns reveal themselves during the drawing process.  Water patterns change by the nano-second, right?  The natural process of moving water has a certain ebb and flow, I want it to talk to me (I want to feel it), thus letting the patterns come forward as the graphite is applied and blended.  This is what excites me about drawing the sea.

For week one I wanted to work the background water and then go forward taking a section at a time because of the intricate sea-foam patterns coming off the thick long wave.

Thanks for checking in ~

Strands of Silk, #1

Strands of Silk, #1

Reference image was from Mokolua with Wetcanvas.

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #8 Foreside Cove


This scene is natures way of saying, slow down and enjoy   .  .  .

Foreside Cove painting (oil pastel, 4×6) is of an inlet that is located at the end of our street in Maine – such a beautiful place.  If you look to the back of the scene the opening between the two slices of land – that’s leads you to the open ocean.  When the tide was out the water, hitting the rocks, gets sucked out almost 20 – 30 yards so far in fact you can walk all the way out on sand and small pebbles.  AND, when the tide was out you’d see evidence of clams just under the sand by the little spurts of water shooting out of the sand every now and then.  We couldn’t go clamming though, it was illegal without a license.  Gosh I loved it there.

The bank of rocks up and down the beach along this Cove is made up of large slabs of slanting rocks/boulders.   The further up the coast of Maine the slabs take on shades of gray, than the ones around where I lived – they were more of tans, rusts and beige colors.

The oil pastel painting was done on Strathmore Pastel Paper – I rarely use this paper because it leaves checks and takes a tremendous amount of oil pastel paint to fill them in.  But, this is a study and I have lots of this stuff – so I figured it was a good way to start clearing my supply.

Enjoy a little taste of Maine ~

Foreside Cove, #8

Foreside Cove, #8

 

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SONETTO TIMOROSO


Mary:

Do you know “Littleoldladywho.net”? If not, you are in for a sweet treat. Cynthia, author of this blog, is an amazing author of poetry – I simply love the breadth and range of her work, and the emotional cords that she reaches in every piece she writes. Only recently she began to record her poems so we could enjoy the theatrical drama that her voice delivers as she cleverly dances over the words.
So do open the blog and get ready to thoroughly enjoy Miss Cynthia’s writing treasures and do be sure to scroll to the end of her poem for there is her recording that will have you wanting more.

Originally posted on littleoldladywho.net:

Upon a sea of doubt in love I drift
Knowing I do not know the way to go
When torrents take my craft so swift
Toward you—I am a boat I cannot row.

So many moons surround you, that my own
Pale beam adds little to your light.
Were I to make my tender feelings known
I fear you would be–oh so graciously–polite.

Stark reality could break my heart
Sooner than love lived only in a dream,
So I will keep my distance, and my life apart
From you, in silent ardor and esteem.

Love knows not how it grows or why,
Nor, in my utter helplessness, do I.
.
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SONETTO TIMOROSO

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Old Monk


You’ll rarely see me post a portrait or do one for that matter, ha – but it was for a pmp challenge and I thought what the heck, why not try  .   .   .

The drawing (9×12) is done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, using fine-powdered charcoal applied with a dry brush only (flat, filbert and round).  This technique is what intrigues me to give it a try – I wanted to see what it would be like to apply charcoal with a brush.  Interesting and was something that I enjoyed.

The Old Monk is based on a reference image from a friend, Elaine Cross of pmp (incredible photographer) – her Monk spoke to me, I could feel the burden of the world on his shoulders.  After this exercise, to draw or paint a face with sagging skin or character lines, well I say hats-off to every artist that specializes in portraits!

This doesn’t count as my Thursday drawing – so see you Thursday!

Old Monk

Old Monk

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #7 Slanted Rocks, oil pastels


Slanted Rocks is #7 in my personal challenge of studying rocks/boulders.

The oil pastel is 5×7 painted on beige Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper – using mainly Senneliers and Neopastels.  I wanted something complex and challenging, exactly what I got with this painting.  Love the close-up of slanted sharp-edged rocks, the water dripping down and swirling around the bottom all interesting elements.

Have a beautiful weekend – I’m one day late in checking my Reader, so I know it’s going to be jam-packed with some great posts.  Actually looking forward to catching up, it’s going to be raining here (no complaints we need the water) ~

Slanted Rocks, #7

Slanted Rocks, #7

Reference image used from Jim Pierce of pmp – great artist and photographer

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Thursdays Drawing: Waiting, a pictorial of the process


My favorite time for Thursdays drawing, I get to compile the process of drawing Waiting in a series of photographs.  Here you are able to see the changes and progress made as the scene unfolded.

I hope you enjoy and thank you for sticking with the process ~

Waiting #1 - #3

Waiting #1 – #3

Waiting #4 - #6

Waiting #4 – #6

Waiting #7 and Final

Waiting #7 and Final

And now for the exciting part,

I get to select a new subject to draw – to be unveiled next week.

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #6, Island Cove Rocks


#6 rock study.  I loved painting this little scene, it’s of a place along the coast in Maine – seeing an inlet fogged in is not unusual to see in this part of Maine.

Island Cove Rocks, an oil pastel (4×6) is of a place located in Westport Island, ME, a small coastal town mid-Maine.  It’s one of the idyllic, quaint places that no one would be exists today – ah, but it does and all things good, I loved going there to meet with clients.  This scene reminds me so much of where I used to live in Maine – always socked in with fog, chilly oh so chilly, and the massive slabs of rock angling downward is a signature mark of glacial slit and melting ice sliding and scraping the earth from millions of years ago.

I kept this scene quiet, void of bright or vibrant colors as the fog colors everything in a dull gray.   The surface is Mi-Teintes gray-tinted pastel paper using mainly Sennelier oil pastels, with clay shapers and foam insulation to move the OPs around.

Island Cove Rocks

Island Cove Rocks

Reference image is from Debi Peters from pmp.

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #5 Riverbed Rocks


Thank you for checking in, as I continue on this torturous journey of painting rocks.  I’m forcing to do something that is so uncomfortable and a real challenge.  Hard to wrap my mind around the shapes and colors of rocks and boulders.

Here is #5 of my studies, Riverbed Rocks – this oil pastel (4×6) is a snippet of a reference river scene on purpose, making sure that my concentration was on rocks and not too much else.  Although the river bank reflections were fun to play with.  Used gray tinted mi-teintes pastel paper and mainly Sennelier oil pastels, for the thin lines and edging clay shapers were used to push the OPs into crevices and corners.

Someone asked me if I’m using anything to help draw the rocks in these studies – my answer is no, no tracing or grids on purpose.  I’m drawing what I see and shapes aren’t exact, but are rocks ever perfect without machines carving into them?  The aspect of drawing is a good exercise to get comfortable with the sizes and shapes.

This is a real challenge, can’t imagine I have 10 more studies to go ~

Riverbed Rocks

Riverbed Rocks

 

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Personal Challenge – Rocks: #4 The Rock


Didn’t want the weekend to come around without having one more study of rocks to post.

The Rock (4×6) is a small oil pastel study of a rock sitting close to the shore along the coast of Maine.  This study is all about the rock w/regard to color, formation and textures – the water is more incidental to seat the rock.

Thanks for checking in, have a great weekend!

The Rock

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Thursdays Drawing – Waiting (final)


It’s been a great drawing day because I had enough time to complete Waiting  .   .   .  it took three hours to work on the Heron and several last touches on the water and sea-foam.

Waiting was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum (9×8).  Graphite pencils for their reflective power (4H, 2H, HB, B, 3B and 6B) were used on the sky, rocks and water, and Carbon (B and 6B) was used for the Heron because it’s a softer lead and flat – my goal here was to create a 3-D look so the Heron didn’t blend in to the background water.  Blending tools were tortilum and a tiny piece of felt.

Thank you for sticking with the project over these last eight weeks – it was an exciting subject to draw.  Who knew that water could be represented so well with graphite?

Waiting

Waiting

The reference image used was from Fiana Gerzon a wonderful photographer from pmp.

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