Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4


Talk about being behind today – ah well, at least I was able to squeeze in time for Thursday’s Drawing and continue on the journey of drawing Sodus Point Lighthouse.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4 (12×9) is being drawn 100% in graphite on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Today’s work continued with the water, developing the deepness and turbulent thrashing, rocks in the water, the pier and finally the beginning stages of the big splashes, oh and a few minor touches here and there to the cloud structure.  Graphite pencils used were:  HB, B, 2B, and 4B, along with a tortilum and kneaded eraser for certain effects.

There is a lot more work still to go, I’m expecting 3 or 4 more sessions because the splashes is what will take a lot of time to develop by laying down the graphite – blending – taking away and starting the process all over again.  For now I have to let it sit and walk past it every now and then to get a feel for how it’s developing and what areas are shouting out for attention.

Have a great weekend, hope to visit everyone’s blog tomorrow and catch up on my replies to your comments.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

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45 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #4

  1. elisa ruland says:

    It’s nice to see the progress from post to post, movement must be so hard to convert to canvas.

  2. Madhu says:

    I find water hard to capture on camera. Always amazed by how effortlessly you depict in your art. Can’t wait to see the lighthouse finished Mary

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Madhu for such a beautiful compliment. For some reason I’ve always felt a strong connect to the water in my work, it is the rhythm and energy level that I feel – so I really appreciate reading your thoughts. Have a wonderful week!

  3. That is excellent! Of course I love anything to do with the ocean!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elizabeth – it’s coming along. Just love your photographs of the sea, always beautiful to see. Have a wonderful week ahead ~

  4. Resa says:

    How exciting waiting for the lighthouse to appear in this explosive fountain of water!
    Thank you for sharing your process, as it is ultimately fascinating!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Resa – I’m getting excited to begin working on the lighthouse, it is a gorgeous structure. Probably won’t begin for another two weeks because there is so much to do with the water still. Glad you are enjoying the process.

  5. Nice to see how well this is coming along 🙂

  6. Angie Mc says:

    Enjoying watching your art unfold, Mary!

  7. YOu’re doing a great job, Mary. I love the energy that you’ve created. So magiclal. 🙂

  8. mihrank says:

    Mary – I have no words – elegant – powerful and creative !!

  9. ĽAdelaide says:

    It’s fascinating how you create these drawings… and i have no idea how you do it even tho you are so generous to share it all with us. Have a lovely weekend, my dear Mary. xox

  10. I of July says:

    I have to keep up with you Mme… your work ethic is admirable 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Heath for your lovely comment!! You are doing very well with your writing, in fact I’m working hard to stay up to your pace!

  11. The crashing waves are gorgeous ! Have a lovely weekend as well 🙂

  12. Jackie says:

    I think it’s coming along nicely, Mary! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

  13. the splashes are looking so real! Great job, Mary… 🙂

  14. Coming along nicely – as Jill has already said

  15. poppytump says:

    Thursday’s work with your HB’ and B’s is coming along a treat Mary ! Now …enjoy your weekend 🙂

  16. Wow, Mary this is coming along beautifully – hard to capture the energy and movement in water with graphite, but you are doing it. Have a wonderful weekend. Janet:)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Janet, thank you very much – I’ve always enjoyed drawing the sea and graphite seems to bring about a deep, richness to the water. Thanks and hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  17. kerlund74 says:

    So living, filled with movement! Beautiful:)

  18. Miss Mary
    You’re doing a fine job in capturing the energy here, not an easy thing to do
    for it takes a great deal of patience and a great deal of skill

    Big Hugs

    uncle john

  19. You’ll catch up, Mary. Don’t stress too much. Your drawing is coming along nicely. Keep up the good work.

  20. “Let it sit and walk past it every now and then…” That is the way, I think, with any true art.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia – it really works for me whether it’s a drawing or painting. Worst part is when it keeps talking after I finished a piece, lol – don’t I go right back in (ha) and fiddle around! Have a wonderful weekend ~

  21. The sea spray has always been difficult for me esp w/paint.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Carl, thanks very much! The spray is tough and takes me a while – lots of analyzing and laying down, then taking away. This process helps patterns develop that I’m able to then exploit and work out. Thanks so much – have a great weekend.

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