Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

I’d like to tell you guys that the drawing is completed, but not to be and probably not for a couple more weeks .  .  . so here is where we stand.

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5 is a graphite drawing (9×12) being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The pencils used today were:  2H, HB, B, 2B and 4B and blending tools were a tortilium and a kneaded eraser.  Areas worked on were:  the three main spurts of spray, all the foreground water and middle ground water, and continuing to darken the pier.  Most of the water was continued using the cross-hatch strokes to darken and fill in the gaps – this is where the deeper water is indicated leaving plenty of white space and other high value areas light.  A lot of the spray that was originally left white was slowly filled in using the tortilium by smudging the area, then erasing and repeating the process until the spray looked convincing.  Two hours of work, probably doesn’t look like much but this is where slow going is better than rushing through.

Next week I hope to finish the water and do some additional touch-ups on the sky, and then finally the week after work on the lighthouse will begin.

Have a great weekend and thanks for checking in! 

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5


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42 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #5

  1. Mary, This is truly turning into a wonderful painting. I can’t wait to see what you do with the lighthouse.

  2. Great going, Mary…take your time..we are waiting but with no hurry… 🙂

  3. What a wonderful drawing, Mary….

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    Always fun to see the progress. I see storms are still in your area … hope you and others close to you are safe and sound.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Frank – glad you are enjoying it. We are good and very happy to see the rain, but I’ll tell you we aren’t used to the humidity – wow, especially after running today. Lakes are so full, it is awesome – our drought range now is out of severe range.

  5. You can feel the movement of the water. How great!

  6. Resa says:

    This work is very exciting, as you present its stages!
    Mary, I am working on a TV series starring Kim Cattrall. I worked 14.5 hours yesterday, so if I’m a bit tardy coming around please understand.
    This is one of my fave blogs, _Resa

    • Mary says:

      Hi Resa, thanks very much – it’s a scene that keeps on giving, the more that’s done on it. Sounds like you are totally occupied these days, let us know when we’ll be able to see some of your designs on the series!! Very cool ~

  7. Take your time, it looks fantastic!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena – this has been a great scene to work it slowly, so much neat water patterns keeps getting revealed the more graphite that’s laid down.

  8. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful wave!

  9. It’s developing beautifully. Have you ever considered working on two or three pieces at the same time?
    It takes much patience to produce graphite drawings of this calibre, and so maybe if you were working on two or three within the series, it would allow you to take a break when needed, and then move back and forth from one image to another.
    I find when I do this, it helps me a great deal.
    Have a beautiful weekend, filled with creativity and may the rains continue to fall so that you continue to make beautiful artwork:) Janet.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janet – great advice! Thursdays are my only drawing day, what started two years ago as a 1/2 hour each Thursday based on the encouragement of Z of has become a disciplined habit now for every Thursday (although I will now usually work for two hours). This is why you’ll only see one drawing project being worked on at a time. Your advice is spot-on and I practice it for painting as you mentioned, having more than one project going on at the same time gives me the break needed. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, they mean a lot to me – have a great weekend!!

  10. Your patience is being rewarded

  11. Jet Eliot says:

    Your patience and tenacity are inspiring, Mary. 🙂

  12. A little at a time
    Miss Mary
    we are patient

    Big Hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Uncle John. Yes, Thursdays is the only day for drawing, so my drawing projects tend to take a while – in this case, the water development has slowed me down in a good way. It’s very relaxing to draw, I could do this for hours ~

  13. Angie Mc says:

    Coming along sooooo nicely, Mary!

  14. Nicodemas says:

    Wonderful! I look forward to seeing the end result.

  15. Looking absolutely stunning, Mary. I showed this to hubby, and he said “Wow!”

    • Mary says:

      Tell your husband, awesome – thanks very much Sylvia. The scene is coming along, it’s at this point that the graphite really begins to work its magic with the water. Have a great weekend.

  16. Take it slow, Mary, we’re not going anywhere. Looks great!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jill – she’s coming along. There is a certain level of excitement building with this piece, I like that feeling when I’m working on a project.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia – easy does it is right. There is a lot of development still going on with this drawing especially the forward water – I’ll keep right on going until she stops talking. Have a great weekend, as you enjoy Springtime in Maine!

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