Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #4

Working away on the Thursday’s Drawing project – this particular subject has all kinds of decision points and having just hit one I thought it would be a good place to stop for the day.

Grand Slam, #4 (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum with graphite for the water and rocks, and charcoal for the background trees.  Work was done on all exposed areas (even removed two areas covered with Frisket).  Here is a quick summary:

  • The trees were lowered into the main body of the scene, they will be lowered even more once the remaining Frisket is removed.  Also the depth was worked on and some of the tree tops were exposed.
  • The rocks in the middle of the scene and bottom-right of the tree line, both added-on and extended out.
  • The beginning features of the foreground splashes and water flowing in from the right-side and lower-right had the first layers of graphite applied.

Next week the remaining Frisket will be removed and work will start on the grand splash.  The decision here will be whether or not to develop it with charcoal or graphite (shine or flat).  Also, once the Frisket is removed the lower rocks in the middle will be made higher and the rocks at the below the tree line will be extended out into the middle of the scene.  Value management is going to play an important role from this point forward, especially with the foreground rocks and the entire middle of the scene which will be the Grand Slam.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of Grand Slam ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, #4

Grand Slam, #4


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57 Responses to Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #4

  1. potterwillam3 says:

    Will keep checking in thanks

  2. nutsfortreasure says:

    You use frisket too lol

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    Wonderful progress you are making, Mary. I really appreciate learning your process. 😃

  4. Wonderful to learn more about your creation process here, Mary!!

  5. ladyfi says:

    It’s looking good!

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    I missed last week, but I can remember the prior one to that … great progress!

  7. The textures are already impressive. Can’t wait to see the finish!

  8. elisa ruland says:

    Mary, it was wonderful to scroll through your blog and see all of your art work come together in one long beautiful series. Sorry to have missed your progress, but how nice to catch up! Have a wonderful Monday!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Elisa – glad you enjoyed the latest. Happy Spring to you and can only imagine the beautiful scenes you’ll capture with your lens – have a wonderful week!

  9. Hearing the whole process that goes into the painting is very interesting!

  10. M-R says:

    It’s a wee bit, sometimes, like doing a jigsaw, eh, Mary ? 🙂

  11. poppytump says:

    Always make sure I put on my specs for your Mary … love looking at the details 🙂
    It’s really progressing well ! So now …. enjoy your weekend x

    • Mary says:

      Already stated my next floral – at first I was so-so (it’s with a watercolor underpainting), but now I’m really warming up to it. Hope your weekend is going wonderfully Poppy!!

  12. I can almost feel the spray of water on my face.

  13. lulu says:

    As I have confessed before, I am in awe of your talent.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Lulu, thank you for the feedback and compliment – it means a lot. This piece though is more of challenge than what I bargained for. So stay tuned, I’m hoping to wrap it up in two-Thursdays.

  14. It looks great….waiting for the unfold of a wonderful work :-0

  15. ĽAdelaide says:

    You are a marvelous artist, Mary. I’m sorry I’ve been offline for several days(weeks?) and missed so much of your lovely work. Love the roses! Have a great weekend. xox

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Linda – I know how busy you guys have been at the farm. Nice to see you and don’t worry about it. Thanks about the roses, my first and the mystery of how to paint them is starting to fade, yeah! Have a wonderful weekend and week with your Grandson.

      • ĽAdelaide says:

        Thanks, my dear… awoke with another dental infection and my crown lose. 😦 I’ve decided to see if I can ignore it since the dear boy is arriving at noon tomorrow and hate to disappoint him with having to put off the visit. He won’t mind tagging along to the hospital for an exciting adventure with the oral surgeon. At least that’s my take on the whole predicament after my earlier melt-down. 🙂

        much love and light to you… and yes, your roses are so pretty. I’m thinking of setting up my easel out with them to try my hand at painting something realistically, such as my beauties! I can see your work how much you love them. xo

        • Mary says:

          Not good news about your tooth – sorry to hear about it. Hopefully they can minimize what they need to do to clean the area and rid the infection. Never ending – your lovely grandson will be great company for you. With your 400+ rose bushes I can see hundreds of gorgeous scenes waiting to be painted. I hope you do go out and have a good time painting, looking forward to seeing what captures your eye as you translate the beauty onto your easel. Thank you for your beautiful comment – have a wonderful weekend with your g-boy.

  16. This is coming along nicely – very realistic study 🙂

  17. Marick says:

    Interesting to watch the development on this one… looking forward to seeing the final product!

  18. Love seeing your progress, Mary. Thanks for sharing, look forward to following you to the finish.

  19. Amy says:

    I really like the motion feeling of this painting. Have great weekend, Mary! 🙂

  20. Such a lot of work and patience, Mary. Well done so far. 🙂

  21. Gallivanta says:

    As usual it’s intriguing to see the image taking shape. 🙂

  22. Mary, your progress on this piece is wonderful. I love the softness of the trees, it reallys ets them back. I am looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Hope you have a great day!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Janell – I’m thinking that it will take me the next two weeks and then time for a new project (some great ideas forming). Thanks again!

  23. It’s going to be grand indeed, amazing how different it looks from when you started! Each time you work on it it adds more drama to the scene! Really looking forward to see the finished piece, that is going to be something-something!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Eva, appreciate it. I’m not feeling it with this piece now, hopefully my work next week will bring some of that magic back – I think certain aspects might be too complex to illustrate the brilliance of turbulent swooshing and splash. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it comes together at the end – thanks again!!

  24. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh wow! It’s looking so different from when you first started. I’m so excited to see how this one turns out.

  25. Looks great Mary! Wow, you have been busy!! ~Rita

  26. Millie Ho says:

    Thanks for the update, Mary. Like the unearthing of a treasure from a fossil!

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