Thursdays Drawing – Water Veil #13


Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and because it was a holiday I took the day off from drawing, I felt guilty.  Today I spent two hours allowing myself some headway on Water Veil.

I worked on the right-hand side of the foreground rocks and made good progress on what will be the main rock and star of the show.  I’m hopeful that next week I should finish drawing the base of the rock and start work on adding and adjusting values (this rock has a lots of character).  Graphite pencils used were:  4H, 2H and HB.

Here’s is my confession, I love drawing rocks.  There is a certain freedom in working the different shapes and sizes, and let’s not forget those things that give them character – crevices, veins and craggy edges.  Time flew by and if I didn’t look up, I’m sure I would have gone straight through three hours.

Hope you are having a great day, it went from 77 degrees yesterday to a balmy 35 degrees with rain, sleet and ice on its way – the cold temps are expected to last for days.  Reminds me of our time in Maine.

Water Veil #13Thank you to Craig Johnson, a fabulous photographer with pmp, for letting me use his image as my reference.

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15 Responses to Thursdays Drawing – Water Veil #13

  1. Gede Prama says:

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart

  2. Forest So Green says:

    I love the character that you are giving to those rocks.

  3. Mary, this drawing is clearly so lovingly rendered that I could have guessed that you are having a very good time with it:)

  4. You have all my admiration, your dedication is thorough & it shows! I wish I had a drop of yours 🙂

  5. poppytump says:

    Mary … you are a wonder 🙂 really I so admire your true dedication and talent as an Artist .
    You eek out every little mark and quality of these rocks … I feel so impatient thinking how quickly I want something to be on the paper . Bravo 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy – love hearing your thoughts. You know some would say less detail gives the viewer something to consider and imagine when looking at paintings, but in this drawing I’m compelled to work these rocks – the patterns keep revealing themselves, so I’ve got to go with it. I’m having a good time with this drawing.

  6. doronart says:

    Mary a day off… is it mention in the protocol? It is nice to see how much you invest in your painting and I agree rocks have their own life… I find them very similar to cloth materials it is a super exercises for tones. I love bursting with colours when I see rocks… keep warm.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Doron. There is something about rocks, as artists we get to give them more or less character as the mood fits. It’s exciting working on something that I’ve connected with so well. It’s very cold, down to 30 degrees now and raining ice.

      • doronart says:

        I understand why as you like tonnal work and it suit you very much. beside you master and know how to produce the results. Raining ice sound familiar stay warm and safe of-course.

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