Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, #3

Well, I pretty much drew and photographed this update in the dark as we in the Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced a fast-moving very severe storm (lot of structural damage, w/golf ball size hail and 80 mph winds).  In my little area by DFW airport, we had possible tornadic activity – with little to no rain (doesn’t help our drought at all, just a lot of destruction).

Worked on Strands of Silk today (9×6) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The entire scene is being drawn with graphite pencils (2H, HB, B, and 4B), some was done with the pencils and other areas applied with a dirty tortilium to spread the graphite in small spots. Graphite is being used for its reflective nature.

Next week I will gently brush (camel-hair brush) some of the foreground and middle-ground flat water areas to smooth out the strokes, working to get the water and sea-foam trails to take on a silk-like appearance and brushing is one way to achieve this.  The sea-foam areas will be developed and a couple of surprise elements for added interest, I think that the drawing will be completed next Thursday.

Thoroughly enjoying drawing this wave scene, thanks for checking in ~

Strands of Silk, #3

Strands of Silk, #3


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25 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, #3

  1. Miss this post when you published it. I hope that the weather is now better and that you are safe. Can be pretty bad in this area when it starts. Take care.

  2. restlessjo says:

    It’s looking lovely! ‘Strands of silk’ sounds wonderful, too.
    More weird weather. Batten down the hatches, stay home and draw 🙂

  3. Carol King says:

    Hi Mary, I like seeing your stages of work. So far, it’s looking good.

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    Hopefully you didn’t receive any damage from the hail … and cheers to your diligence!

  5. ha! and the storm came barreling through central arkansas around 11 last night! the regular programming was trumped by live weather reports as men ‘walked’ across huge maps scored with charts and scribbles and rectangular boxes!

    you did well, low light, squall lines and all!

    i also love your last personal challenge post… it’s a colorful and powerful image.

    am about to leave arkansas and head back to mississippi… it’s been full throttle, much like those storms of yesterday and last night!


  6. You’re so dedicated! Thanks

  7. M-R says:

    Of course your additions are lovely – you are a water SPECIALIST ! 🙂
    However, not a golf-ball-sized frozen water specialist …

  8. Painting for Joy says:

    Fun to watch your drawings emerge from your paper. Storms are ever becoming more and more severe! Hope you didn’t sustain any damage. Be safe Mary.

  9. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Most interesting to see your work in progress. It is amazing even with no colour and not even being finished. Mary, have you ever read the piece I wrote about my friend Mary and her artwork of the moment? ( I was just wondering how close that was to your own process.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you A! appreciate it very much.

      Enjoyed reading your post and you might consider publishing it again, this time with the photographs of the artists’ process would love to see what they were working on. The mindset, setup and process of creating, the “yikes” and successes absolutely – ah yes, I could read it in your writing and relate. What more, there is something to be said for walking away from a piece of work for a bit – when I do and then come back to it something else is always revealed and the great process of painting or drawing continues. Doesn’t always mean the piece will be a total success, but if the artist listens to a painting or drawing – it tell them what it needs.

  10. Woweeeee that is stunning even now before finished. Glad your safe x

  11. Please take care, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia, as fast as it came – it’s gone, which is shocking (sun is out). But the damage is wide-spread, pretty incredible actually, it’s now to the east of Dallas.

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