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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33 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, #1

  1. nutsfortreasure says:

    Thanks for all your posts they encourage me to keep trying 🙂

  2. Hi Mary, I have not been reading blogs much. My husband retired in July. We eat lunch together. That used to be when I read blogs. I’m definitely going to have to find a time to read blogs again. I have really missed your blog. I love this piece, so far. I can already feel the ocean. I agree, water changes by the nano second. It is mesmerizing.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Kerry, thank you so much – glad you are able to take a few minutes and visit. Your husband retired, now that’s wonderful to be able to spend lunch with him everyday – very special!

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Mary, already I feel the power of the ocean, hear the roar of the tide… To see the current washing through in graphite as the drawing progresses will be awesome.


    • Mary says:

      Thank you Paul for the nice comment – the ocean can be surprisingly rich when drawn with many layers in graphite. I’m excited to work on this piece and hope I can get a silky look to the long strands of sea-foam trails. Thanks again!

  4. mamie says:

    Gorgeous! I love the detail and movement. The composition is wonderful; this is definitely one of my favorites!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mamie, it’s great to see you again and hope you had a wonderful summer! Are you back at school, if so – best wishes for a great semester. Thank you for your generous comments on the drawing, hopefully the development won’t disappoint.

  5. ladyfi says:

    How beautiful and silken.

  6. Looking forward to seeing the wave grow and unfold over the next few weeks!

  7. Looking forward to it especially after your last drawing! Wish you a wonderful weekend!

  8. dorannrule says:

    I am anxious to see the whole thing materialize. In the meantime, it is already beautiful.

  9. This is beautiful already, Mary! Water is so incredibly challenging to draw and paint. I still don’t get it the way I really want it to look. Perhaps that’s why I am drawing sea turtles by the ocean so much! 😉

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patsy, thank you so much – really appreciate it! LOL, and I would struggle with the intimate detail of the turtles – I’m leaving those beautiful sea creatures to you!

  10. Gallivanta says:

    It’s already got a good feel to it. 🙂

  11. restlessjo says:

    It looks wonderfully mysterious, Mary! Have fun 🙂

  12. Marigold says:

    Hi Mary! I always love to see your WIPs. Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award. See

  13. Painting for Joy says:

    How exciting! Looking forward to seeing your progress. Have a super weekend Mary!

  14. Doris says:

    cannot wait to see the finish product
    so far I like the texture

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