The Tree – a graphite drawing


“Trees are the real drama queens – they standout, demand attention and if one forgets, the mightiest will sway their limbs and shake their leaves putting on the grandest of all performances.” by Mary

The Tree, a graphite drawing (10×8) done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using loose graphite powder and graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, and 4B) as the medium, and tortilium, Mono Zero Tombow’s, kneaded erasers and a camel hair brush to bring a softer atmosphere to the scene.   You can see how the tree controls the scene, nothing else competes for your attention – this is how it spoke to me.

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Seeking Solitude – a graphite drawing


I step onto the path and as my feet sink into the first grains of sand I can feel the salty sea breeze hit my face, the smell of the sea water and screeching call of the gulls – it’s at that moment a sense of quiet solitude comes over me like a soft warm wrap.” by Mary

Seeking Solitude, a graphite drawing (10×8) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using loose graphite powder and graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, 4B and 6B) as the medium, and tortilium, Mono Zero Tombow’s and kneaded erasers to bring magic to the scene.   This was one of those ocean scenes that I could feel before I even began drawing it ~ a sense of peace fills the air.

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Inspiration for this drawing came from a wonderful artist and photographer on pmp, Rose Herczeg.

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Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a charcoal drawing


“Weary sailors search the horizon for a glimpse of light, the beacon that will take them home.  It’s been a long, cold and rough journey at sea as they long to set foot on land again ~ families wait anxiously for these sailors to return.   They take comfort in knowing the lighthouse will guide them to their hearts destination ~ ”  by Mary

Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a charcoal (and graphite) drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using both hard, soft and loose charcoal.  A lot of tools were used to obtain the different textures seen here from a cotton ball for the sky, to a tortilium and sponge applicator for the vegetation.  Both kneaded and Mono-Tombow erasers were used to work the textures and highlights in the vegetation.  Graphite was used for the foreground grass (to soften the look of the grass, both a tortilium and sable brush were used).  It was a joy to draw this very special that I used to call home.

Two Lights is the name that was given two light house structures, that stand by each other, in Two Lights State Park of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  The structures over look Casco Bay and the Atlantic ocean.   The lighthouses were built in 1828 and both remained in operation until 1924 – one was sold off and is now being used as a private residence (how cool is that?) and the other lighthouse continues in operation.   In 1929 a famous American artist, Edward Hopper, painted this lighthouse Lighthouse at Two Lights that hangs at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 900.  It is interesting to see how much vegetation has grown around the lighthouse currently from when Hoppers painted it in 1929.  He painted the scene from a different angle than I did my drawing, both give interesting perspectives of this idyllic place.

Hope you enjoy a little history behind this famous Maine Lighthouse ~ a quick side note.  If you are ever traveling through Maine and are looking for a delicious lobster roll, the Two Lights Lobster Shack fully delivers!  It is located right next to the lighthouses.

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Magic Hour – charcoal drawing


“The sounds of sea breezes, waves coming ashore and seagulls squawking overhead slowly fade away; I look to the horizon and wait for the brilliance of a setting sun.  There is magic in this hour ~ “  by Mary

Magic Hour, a charcoal drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using a mixture of soft and hard charcoal.  In 2015 I painted this scene in oil pastels (you can see the painting in the gallery above) and recently thought it may respond well to charcoal.  I was looking to capture the contrast of dark and light that shows itself during the early evening, when the sun sets and colorful light rays bounce off the water.  It is a special moment to watch unfold ~

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Cove View – graphite/charcoal drawing


“It is wonderful how much depends upon the relations of black and white … A black and white, if properly balanced, suggests colour. ”  – Winslow Homer

Cove View, a charcoal/graphite drawing (8×10) was produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  It was my intention to have the cliff-side stand alone, dark and nondescript (except for the walkway, a special trail area to absorb the ocean and cove view) so charcoal was my go-to for that aspect of this drawing.  The clouded, sunlit sky and water on the other hand are what brings magic to the scene – it called for graphite (the reflective sister) to do its thing.  Winslow knew the secret to black and white art, no matter the media – there is a certain magic that comes from the contrast these two create.

We came upon this scene during a trip to the Maine coast – it is a walking trail connected to Fort Williams – Portland Headlight State Park.

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Battered Fence Posts – charcoal and graphite drawing


“Battered by whatever Mother Nature delivers and still standing.  Fence posts are a great subject, each with character that tells their own story. ” by Mary

Battered Fence Posts, a drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  In this drawing I wanted the background to stay way back there, so I used charcoal with limited detail and a bit fuzzy – charcoal delivered on this aspect.  My main goal with the fence posts was to make them substantial, but distinguishable from the background.  Knowing that constant wind can make wood poles somewhat smooth, almost reflective, and give them great character – graphite worked beautifully for these aspects.  As for the wire, I wanted the wire to be very dark and standout – carbon was the perfect medium.

Sorry the photograph looks slightly blurry (do to bad lighting and shaky hand) – hopefully you still get a good read on the scene.  Thanks for visiting ~ have a wonderful weekend!

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A Study – based on work by Sergey Lebedev


“To study is to learn – watching a 5 minute youtube video can sometimes be free education, the one I found was priceless.” by Mary

A Study – based on a youtube drawing demonstration by Sergey Lebedev, a graphite drawing (8×10) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Graphite was my choice of medium for this scene.  Mr. Lebedev is an accomplished artist I found on the internet; he has produced several youtube video’s demonstrating his techniques for drawing landscapes.  This guy is very good – the final drawings shown in his 5 minute video’s are excellent.

I learned a lot by watching the few he produced and decided to do a study based on one of his drawings.  Even though I titled the piece “A Study,” as I reached the halfway point in working on this drawing my own artistic instinct for how the scene should develop took over.  While the foundation of his landscape is present, my final drawing reflects more of the vision I had for this country scene.  It was a great learning opportunity.

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Peace and Quiet – graphite drawing


“Walk away from all the turbulence out there and find yourself a moment of peace and quiet enjoying the riches of nature, ” . . . by Mary

Peace and Quiet, a graphite drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using mostly 2H, HB, B and 2B.  Additional tools used in this piece were a kneaded eraser and a sable brush to produce an overall soft atmosphere.  This scene gave me just what I was looking for – a quiet place to walk into and enjoy the early morning light.

For those that celebrate Easter, I hope you have a meaningful and Happy Easter holiday weekend ~

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River Hideaway – charcoal/graphite drawing


“We look for a place that quiets time letting our senses become sharpened to our surroundings – hearing trees rustle, smelling grassy-weeds and seeing a slow-moving river.  We become absorbed in the moment .  .  . ” by Mary

River Hideaway, a charcoal and graphite drawing (9×12) was created on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.  Nearly the entire scene was done in charcoal with the exception of the river, there graphite was used for its reflective qualities.  Charcoal was the choice medium giving the land depth and an overall softness to the atmosphere.

This Spanish scene was photographed by a pmp photographer and artist Juan Sandin.  The first time I saw the image I immediately thought of Ernest Hemingway – I could see him writing one of his powerful novels tucked-away in this quiet place.

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Resilience – charcoal drawing


“Each Spring Texas land shows its resilience. 

No matter the scorching summer heat or winters cold blasts, year-after-year this barren, rugged terrain  produces vast landscapes of lacy grass-weeds and delicate wild flowers. 

Take a moment and discover what native Texans have known for generations .  .  .  the raw beauty of this Mid-Western land”  by Mary

Resilience is a charcoal drawing (9×12) produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  We drove past this scene last Spring in Ennis, TX.  While I took a bit of license with the elements, the essence of the moment stands – you gotta love Texas!

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