Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #3


Today I was able to spend a good two hours drawing and made nice progress on the big slabs of rocks of Takakkaw Falls ~

Takakkaw Falls, a graphite drawing (12×9) is being drawn on Bristol Vellum paper – using only 2H and HB graphite pencils, and a tortilum for blending.  My objective is to use Sfumato technique (giving a smokey appearance, for this drawing it would be coming in from the sides), but I’m finding this takes a great deal of focus and discipline to not over do the rock formation details on both sides of the drawing – I hope I’m able to stick with the plan and not go overboard with detail.  But darn I do love drawing rocks, for me it’s a relaxing and mesmerizing process building the character of the rocks (cracks, crevices and water stains) that I could do for hours.  Which is what could also get me in trouble, again working in too much detail.

I see several areas that need more buildup of shading for the shape and form of some rocks that play a more significant role in the over all scene that I’ll take care of next week.  In addition the other work will concentrate on the middle rocks immediately surrounding and are behind the falls.

Do you see the wolf head?  Didn’t realize that the point I left off today, ending up looking just like a wolf looking down into the Falls – how funny!  Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Takakkaw Falls #3

Takakkaw Falls #3

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51 Responses to Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #3

  1. This looks amazing! I love the rock textures.

  2. I see the wolf head, too. Funny how unplanned things show up in our art. He definitely should stay in your drawing. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Janell! You think he should stay too, well it looks like it may happen – we’ll see what happens when I get back into the drawing. It really was the funniest thing – never noticed until after the photograph was taken. It happened on one other painting I did a while back called, A Rough Sea (https://oilpastelsbymary.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=743&action=edit) that I painted back in 2013. The whole time I was painting the scene I never noticed the cross in the sky, literally saw it after I posted the final painting in a blog post. I agree, you never know when something will show up. Thanks so much Janell!

  3. Love how this developing Mary

  4. Hey, I can see the wolf head.. great one… (y) 🙂

  5. Mary, thanks for sharing your love of drawing rocks. Your description of your relaxing and mesmerizing process really spoke to me. When I’m in the writing zone I can feel the same way (almost NEVER happens though). 🙂 Look forward to seeing more of your drawing over the next few weeks.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Geralyn, thanks very much. Interesting and I’ll bet as a writer your mental process is similar. It usually happens when drawing rocks or water – there is something about the process of looking and discovering patterns within the subjects. Just love it. Have a lovely weekend up North!

  6. cmartzloff says:

    Really nice Mary. I saw the wolf head right away!

  7. It amazes me how you can produce such beautiful work and so quickly!

    • Mary says:

      Elizabeth can’t thank you enough for such a beautiful comment. A few more drawing sessions and we’ll be able to put it to bed.

  8. Looking good, Mary, and I see a little monkey head!! :))

  9. Resa says:

    YES! I see the wolf head!

    • Mary says:

      Doesn’t surprise me Resa, you have a knack for seeing what others would pass by – thanks so much! How is your gown creation coming along? Have a great weekend.

      • Resa says:

        Mary, you are so lovely to ask about my next gown!
        Well, I just finished my job, (w/Kim Cattrall) and have been putting my life in order. It was crazy, 14-16 hour days!
        I should be working on it next week. The gown has been partly draped on Judy since April!
        I am very excited to get back to it!
        Looking forward to see if the wolf head survives the falls!

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Alright … now you have to keep the wolfhead in the final product. 😉

    • Mary says:

      Interesting right Frank? Okay keep him in, hmmm, we’ll have to see – now I see nothing but his head!! Have a great weekend and a good golf game ~

  11. exiledprospero says:

    By seeing a wolf head in the rock you remind me of Cynthia with her pareidolic tendencies–seeing today some eidolon in my ginger and now a wolf head in your rock! Poets!

    • Mary says:

      Oh come on Prospero you do see it too, right?! But of course you do, come on admit it!! Ah Cynthia, but you know her pareidolic tendencies is what brings a bit of intrigue and mystery. Thanks so much and hope you have a very creative-writing weekend, head-pat to Princess Ariel.

  12. Oh yes, I too can see that wolf head. 🙂 You’re doing a great job, Mary.

  13. debiriley says:

    love your waterfall and rocks, and I nearly always see ‘faces, figures, shapes’ in rocks and mountains 🙂

  14. Painting for Joy says:

    Oh Boy! This is going to be a joy to watch it unfold!!!

  15. I am one who loves detail, but depending on the drawing, it can feel like I’m bogging myself down. I don’t see the wolf head. Darn! This is going to be lovely, I’m sure, Mary. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patsy, thanks very much and I can understand. It’s very hard not to draw in a lot of detail especially with this scene, but that’s a goal so I’m trying to stick with it. Oh you have to look closely, but he’s there – by mistake, but none-the-less he has showed in the drawing and will be hard not to keep him in the scene.

      • You’re welcome! Currently, I am going to be drawing fantasy characters like what and who you would find in a Dungeons and Dragons game. I have drawn some dragons in the past, but plan to do more. I don’t think I’ve ever posted them on my blog, but I won’t be able to post anything for a couple of weeks since my husband and daughter took the camera on their trip. My phone won’t do it. I will look for him again in your drawing!

      • Hey, Mary! I found your wolf! That is so awesome! 🙂

  16. I like that wolf head….I often experience pareidolia so it’s easy for me to see….maybe next week a saint will appear, with a message from heaven… 🙂 Keep up the good work, Mary…

    • Mary says:

      Pretty cool right Cynthia – I didn’t see it until after I had finished taking the photograph and thought don’t change it, it’s interesting element. Ah a saint, never know what might appear – thank you my friend. This scene might take a bit longer to develop, I’ve a few ideas to try as I near the end of the project. Have a lovely weekend.

  17. looking good Mary! Waterfalls are one of my favorite subjects! Can’t wait to see this when its finished. ~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rita – water falls are a great subject to draw, takes a bit a time and hopefully in the end it will show the beauty of the actual scene.

  18. It’s coming along beautifully….Janet. 🙂

  19. I do see the wolf head, Mary. 🙂

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