Thursdays Drawing – Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1


The start of a new project, always exciting – starts out weak, but hopefully will end on a high note.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, (9×12) will be drawn entirely in graphite pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The sky and middle cloud bank were worked on today, it’s 1/3 completed with a long ways to go.  I’m working to achieve a soft atmosphere for the middle cloud bank as it floats through the scene, while not threatening, it will still play a role as a backdrop to showoff the lighthouse.

Sodus Point, is located in Upstate New York along the shores of Lake Ontario – a place that I know very well.  This area is where I grew up and have many great memories of the lake, riding my bike along the waterway to the light house was a favorite pastime.  Lake Ontario is a significant body of water stretching 60 miles across directly to Canada, many a boat has been lost on this lake – winds coming down from Canada can be treacherous.  So the Sodus Point Lighthouse plays a significant role in guiding many sea worthy vessels to safety.

Next week, the sky will be nearly completed and then starts the body of water.  In this scene the water is quite turbulent, as you’ll see once the water becomes built up.

Click onto the image for a larger view – this week there isn’t very much to see, but wait as usually the scene will unfold as it’s built right before your eyes.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1

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43 Responses to Thursdays Drawing – Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1

  1. Very curious to see how you’ll develop it, for sure it will be evocative, a lighthouse near troubles waters 🙂
    robert

  2. Mélanie says:

    very nice, indeed… ❤ I like lighthouses, too… 🙂
    https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/icelandic-lighthouses-mighty-lords-underneath-the-arctic-circle/
    * * *
    my very best, tons of inspiration and friendly thoughts, cheers! Mélanie

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Melanie, very nice to meet you! I enjoyed your blog post and looking forward to seeing more of your photography.

  3. Painting for Joy says:

    Yay a lighthouse! Can’t wait to see it unfold. One of my favorite subjects to paint. Have a super week Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rhonda, really appreciate it. Lighthouses are fascinating structures and love the stories behind them – I’m looking forward to this new series. Hope you have a great week too!

  4. Love light houses and this one is one promising for sure! Looking forward to see the developing process of it, I know the water and sky is going to be beautiful, you’re amazing with those mediums, so the light house picked my imagination oh this one! I’m I going to see a night scene with the light reflecting from it…

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva! I decided to do a short graphite (maybe charcoal) series of lighthouses – there are so many great ones to do. Thought I would do one that was right in my childhood backyard – this scenes happens to have a lot of drama about it. Hope you enjoy the series – have a great week ahead!

      • Same to you Mary, have a most wonderful week! I’m excited and looking forward to see this series!

        • Mary says:

          Thanks Eva – I’m so behind with my Reader. My husband has retired and it’s a bit of time adjustment for us, me especially with art and the blog – I’ll figure it all out in due time. I’m excited by the series also, I love lighthouses – the test of time, sturdy and strength.

  5. An intriguing new drawing!

  6. Aha, I skipped that paragraph for some reason, Strathmore Vellum paper – I shall have to look that up.

  7. This is fascinatingly delicate – what paper are you using, Mary? I just bought myself some graphite pencils after I saw some really intereting drawings of hares done in graphite by a friend, but I haven’t got down to using them much yet. At the moment I am doing some illustrations with coloured pencils and some gouache, using a very fine paintbrush, and seem to be getting the effect I want. But after this project is finished I would like to try using graphite, I like what you are doing with it so far.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cara, thanks very much. I see above comment that you saw the paper I’m using Strathmore Bristol Vellum – there are two sides to the paper, for this drawing I’m using the textured side (although I rarely use that side) but I wanted the effect more for the turbulent water. For the sky and clouds my technique isn’t the technically correct way to draw (more with tortilium and cotton swabs for a very light and smooth appearance). The rest of the drawing will be the traditional strokes of layering in the graphite. I’m interested in your colored pencils and gouache – sounds fascinating. I’m currently painting a floral and used gouache as the underpainting.

  8. poppytump says:

    It’s there Mary …. all elusive at the moment … will love seeing your lighthouse appear out of the mist …

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Poppy – I’m keeping my fingers cross that with the dark turbulent waters and pier the lighthouse will take center stage. Thanks so much – I think I’m going to do a series on lighthouses, we have some beautiful ones in Maine that will translate beautifully with graphite. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Waiting for it to unfold beautifully Mary… looks like a great beginning… 🙂

  10. Amy says:

    A very beautiful beginning! We are waiting… 🙂
    Have a great weekend, Mary!

  11. Cheers to a new beginning [it’s a New Moon tomorrow as well – perfect for new beginnings! 😉 ]xx

  12. Miss Mary
    Many of the best things start out weak, it just means they have room to grow

    Big Hugs

    uncle john

  13. dorannrule says:

    I have a good feeling about this one…. 🙂

  14. Looking forward to watching the scene unfold! I wonder if memories will keep coming to you as you draw this and remember your childhood?

  15. Actually, that looks like a very strong beginning. It actually excites me to see how this is going to turn out! New subject matter…..I like it!

  16. I really love lighthouses, so will be really interested to see how this unfolds. Looking good so far. 🙂

  17. Oh…I love the installment post, Mary. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the next one.

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