Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, final


Today is the unveil of the final for Thursday’s drawing, a project that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on for the past seven weeks bringing back many memories of my childhood and just for the love of wide-open water and lighthouses .   .   .  no walking on the pier when it’s a windy day!

Sodus Point Lighthouse (Sodus, NY), a graphite drawing (12×9) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Pencils used today were 4H, 2H, HB, B, 4B, a tortilium and a kneaded eraser for blending.  Drawing involved cleaning up the horizon line, working in the lighthouse, and revamping the sky – an area that has bugged me since the beginning.  I think the sky suits the scene much better, doesn’t steal the show but adds a bit of natural drama.

Thanks for checking in on the progress and following along – have a fantastic weekend.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

Sodus Point Lighthouse, final

The reference for this drawing were my own and Bob Koppel of pmp.

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Lakeside Early Morning


Switching subjects from portraits, flowers and still life back to landscapes is not always easy for me, it takes time to get the feel for painting skies, water and trees again.  So before I go big .  .  .

Lakeside Early Morning, an oil pastel (4×7) is another small painting to get back into the swing of things.  The surface was a cream Mi-Teintes pastel paper, using Senneliers and some Mungyo-Gallery OPs.  For whatever the reason Holbeins isn’t always the best for this paper which is a shame because there are some nice color choices in the brand that would have worked perfectly.  I used the razor blade for scraping and shaping, and a tortilum to blend slightly.

This particular scene was appealing because the fog was just starting to burn off, leaving a subtle glow of morning sun with hints of trees in the background all playing off as reflections in the water.  This had perfect ingredients for a small scene to get lost in with oil pastels.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lakeside Early Morning Based off a reference image by Bonnie Sitter, a photographer from pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6


It’s Thursday’s drawing time and moving right along making progress on the lighthouse ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6 is a graphite drawing (12×9) being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today graphite pencils used were 2H, HB, 4B with a tortilium and kneaded eraser for blending.  Areas that were concentrated on was the cloud structures with slight modifications (I can see where work will continue here and there), the horizon line, the water, splashing and the beginning of the lighthouse.

I’m thinking next week, if all goes well, the lighthouse might get finished – well that is unless something calls out to be worked on.  Thanks for checking in. 

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #6

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Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating?


I originally wrote a post about this topic in January 31, 2013, Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating? mainly because the subject fascinated me and I was convinced no matter what a persons method of creativity – sculpture, photographer, writer, artist of painters or drawing, etc. – the concept must resonate to some extent.

I wrote about the many similarities of what runners experience and creative types, Ever Feel “Runners High” When You’re Creating?.  There was a large discussion w/the post back in 2013 and after commenting with a fellow blogger and incredible artist, Janet Weight Reed yesterday along the same lines of thought it seemed like a great opportunity to open it up again.

Here is one of my seascape paintings, An Open Wave, where I had such an experience ~

An Open Wave

Do you ever feel a runner’s high when you create?

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Magical Sunrise, oil pastel


Sometimes there are no words, nor man-made colors that can adequately describe mother natures brilliant kiss of color in the sky and over water when she gives us one of her delicious sunrise spectacles  .   .   .

Magical Sunrise, an oil pastel (8×8) was painted on an artist canvas board.  This piece was started with an all purple underpainting in gouache and then two coats of clear gesso for a good amount of tooth allowing the OPs something to grab onto.  Purple was used to get a deep, rich base of color started.  Oil Pastel brands for this painting were Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery.  No blacks or whites were used in this painting, because I wanted all the colors to be as pure to the pigment as possible, except where blended.  What looks like white is actually Holbeins Hansa Yellow.

So here is where I ran into trouble – 95% done and guess what.  The board was cut wrong by the manufacturer, by about 1/8″ on the bottom left-hand side – so this threw off the entire horizon line.  I accommodated the problem as best as I could so late in the game.  Can you believe this?  So what to do?  First, let the manufacturer know and second, measure the surface (no matter what it is) before I start painting ~

I’m going to let the painting setup and go back at a later date to straighten out the horizon line a bit more.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Magical Sunrise

Based on a reference image from Janina Suuronen, who is an awesome photographer and artist from pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5


I’d like to tell you guys that the drawing is completed, but not to be and probably not for a couple more weeks .  .  . so here is where we stand.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5 is a graphite drawing (9×12) being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The pencils used today were:  2H, HB, B, 2B and 4B and blending tools were a tortilium and a kneaded eraser.  Areas worked on were:  the three main spurts of spray, all the foreground water and middle ground water, and continuing to darken the pier.  Most of the water was continued using the cross-hatch strokes to darken and fill in the gaps – this is where the deeper water is indicated leaving plenty of white space and other high value areas light.  A lot of the spray that was originally left white was slowly filled in using the tortilium by smudging the area, then erasing and repeating the process until the spray looked convincing.  Two hours of work, probably doesn’t look like much but this is where slow going is better than rushing through.

Next week I hope to finish the water and do some additional touch-ups on the sky, and then finally the week after work on the lighthouse will begin.

Have a great weekend and thanks for checking in! 

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

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Anchored in the Cove, oil pastel


What to do when it’s pouring rain outside (suppose to continue for another seven days), just keep right on painting .  .  .

Anchored in the Cove is an oil pastel (11 x 8.5) painted on black heavy textured cardstock paper.  Mainly OPs brands Senneliers and Holbeins were used in this painting as well as tools – painters knife, tortilium and a razor for shaping and scraping.  While the black paper was used to give the cove woodsy area depth, I don’t particularly like it when using whites and yellows with OPs – very difficult to layer in thick coatings without seeing through the paint.  This was the dilemma with the boat, I would have rather used some other colors for white – but it was good experience, learned a thing or two and I’ll leave it at that.

This scene reminded me of the cove back in Maine at the end of our street.  Maine coves are usually heavily wooded with big boulders stretching to the water line and often times you’ll see boats resting in the cove.  This boat in the painting is pretty typical of the type for the local fishermen, the yellow in the boat window is their “rain slicker” as they are called in Maine (raincoat).  I’ve got mine on this week!!

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Anchored in the Cove

The reference image was from Linda Willason a fine photographer with pmp.

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Lily Pond, oil pastel


In my stock pile of painting papers I came across an odd size medium-blue cardstock paper and thought, what am I going to do with this?  Well it turns out that the paper was actually perfect for my latest painting .  .  .

Lily Pond, an oil pastel (12×4) is painted on a medium-blue, heavy textured cardstock paper.  The richness of colors, big lily pads and depth of water reflections were an awesome combination to work with in this scene.  Wish you could see the variety of blues from rich Indigo, to ultramarine, to sapphire and cobalt that went into developing the water and reflections.  I used mainly Holbein OPs because each color comes in a range of values allowing the artist to keep the colors pure without having to resort to blending which would dull the color.  A variety of Senneliers were handy for this same reason.  To get the thick strokes with the lily petals I used a painters knife scraping the OPs stick and layering the paint on for a heavy-textured look.

It’s a bit sharper in person, sorry about my camera work ~

Lily Pond The reference scene was from Robyn Lovelock, an awesome artist and photographer from pmp.

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Private Drive, oil pastel


It’s been a few months since I’ve painted a landscape and today it just felt right to get started once again ~ as I watch the rain continue to fall here in TX.  We’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of rainfall over the past two months – we aren’t out of the woods with our drought, but the land and lakes are refilling at a fast rate and well, it just gorgeous green tones everywhere you look.

Private Drive, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard beginning with an acrylic underpainting.  I had every intention of creating a scene that was darker and foggy, but as I started playing around with the sky adding blue and what not well before you know it – autumn was born and color took over.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, got the last of the summer flowers and a few perennials planted yesterday ~ color is beginning to dot the landscape.

Private Drive Thank you to my friend Irini at pmp, for the inspiration that came from one of her photographs.

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Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4


Talk about being behind today – ah well, at least I was able to squeeze in time for Thursday’s Drawing and continue on the journey of drawing Sodus Point Lighthouse.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4 (12×9) is being drawn 100% in graphite on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today’s work continued with the water, developing the deepness and turbulent thrashing, rocks in the water, the pier and finally the beginning stages of the big splashes, oh and a few minor touches here and there to the cloud structure.  Graphite pencils used were:  HB, B, 2B, and 4B, along with a tortilum and kneaded eraser for certain effects.

There is a lot more work still to go, I’m expecting 3 or 4 more sessions because the splashes is what will take a lot of time to develop by laying down the graphite – blending – taking away and starting the process all over again.  For now I have to let it sit and walk past it every now and then to get a feel for how it’s developing and what areas are shouting out for attention.

Have a great weekend, hope to visit everyone’s blog tomorrow and catch up on my replies to your comments.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

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