Lake Reflections, graphite drawing

Reflections can take on several meanings – in this scene nature showcases the foreground rock and weeds by mirroring back from the lake, but a peaceful scene like also gives way to letting us quietly reflect on life ~

Lake Reflections, a graphite drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using a minimalist approach.  Graphite pencils used were 2H, HB, B, 3B, 6B, and for blending tools a tortilium, pad and kneaded eraser.  The scene could have been drawn illustrating the lake as a full body of water using highlighted lines to symbolize water movement, but instead I went for a minimalist approach hoping that the reflections of the foreground subjects provided the vision I was after.

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Lake Reflections



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90 Responses to Lake Reflections, graphite drawing

  1. violetski says:

    Hi Mary,
    Awesome work! Really beautiful❤️❤️❤️

    • Mary says:

      A wonderful surprise Violet, how nice to see you again. Hope you are well, I will have to go see what you’ve been up too. Thank you for your lovely comments – you made my day!

  2. Madhu says:

    Mary, what is amazing is that you are able to work in so much detail into a canvas that small, without the ability to zoom in! Truly brilliant!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Madhu. I tried to keep the drawing simple in nature, but provide just enough detail for the scene to make sense to the viewer. Appreciate your generous thoughts.

  3. Amazing ! In awe of your beautiful works.!

  4. poppytump says:

    This does have a lovely feeling of calm and serenity Mary and your minimalist approach has perhaps added to that with many of us commenting feeling the same x

  5. Heartafire says:

    Mary your artwork always amazes me with its perfection. Beautiful work!

  6. Beautiful! Gorgeous reflections!

  7. John says:

    Hi Mary, letting you know my new site is up now in case you want to visit. John

  8. Fantastic attention to detail. I love it 🙂

  9. Paul Beech says:

    Such as lovely drawing, Mary. You seem to have magically used the very texture of the paper to suggest gently rippling water. And yes, reflections such as those you’ve so deftly rendered do indeed call forth those reflections on life I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed whilst quietly waterside wandering. I’ve found my own such wanderings restore a sense of perspective and order with sometimes a poem resulting.

    My very best,


    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Paul for such thoughtful and inspiring feedback on this drawing. Graphite is allowing me to illustrate the softness of a scene and yet yield to the strength of the reflection. Really appreciate that the drawing can provide such a feeling or vision for you, thank you for the compliment. Yes, your writing provides the same reflective/perspective and lets the reader envision the path your words set forth. Thanks so much for visiting again.

  10. heatherdawnfineart says:

    This piece is so beautiful Mary, I love the peacefulness that it evokes.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Heather. This was the perfect scene to capture with graphite, it gave a wonderful overall soft atmosphere throughout.

  11. Beautiful peaceful scene Mary! The reflections are lovely! ~Rita

  12. That is perfect! So very lifelike. The rock and reeds sticking out of it. The reflection all perfect!

  13. Jet Eliot says:

    I cannot begin to imagine the challenge of drawing a reflection. But you make it sound and look easy here, Mary — brava!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Jet, means a lot. Reflections always tell a story, in this case it helped create the mood of the scene – so happy you enjoyed this one!

  14. This water is very enticing – I just want to jump in and go for a swim! Of course, that would wreck the peaceful, still reflection…

  15. exiledprospero says:

    Peaceful reflection.

  16. Marick says:

    Very serene, peaceful…

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  18. restlessjo says:

    So gentle! It really is lovely, Mary 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your Easter break.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jo – “gentle” a real nice descriptive! Totally enjoyed the break and getting right back at it. Hope you have a great weekend!

  19. dorannrule says:

    You got what you were after Mary! The drawing is lovely and the reflections make for instant recognition of a peacefully still lake.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Dorann, thanks my friend for your special thoughts. Scenes like this always bring me a sense of peace, so thank you for mentioning.

  20. humphries346 says:

    Beautiful picture so few artists in the digital age use graphite and pencil and the image you have created is excellent , last week I went with my brother to review a Birmingham Art Exhibition and was impressed with artists showing their ability to draw I love pictures like yours which just use pencil and graphite Well Done . Laurence

    • Mary says:

      Hi Laurence, thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful feedback. It means a lot to receive your thoughts on drawing and graphite, too many disregard it as a true and complete form of art. I’ll bet the exhibition was awesome to see, it was great to read your reaction to the artists work. I have a great sense of satisfaction in developing subjects in this medium and work the values to create a real 3D experience for the viewer. Thanks again ~

  21. aFrankAngle says:

    i always enjoy taking a closer look at your drawings in order to see the wonderful detail.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Frank, you know I always appreciate your view of my work – means a lot to have you stop by. Are you back on the golf course yet?

      • aFrankAngle says:

        My pleasure. Golfed for the first time yesterday, so playing more regularly is just around the corner. Two related tidbits – my wife just retired (she also golfs) and I’m working part-time at a course (so I should play more often). 🙂

        • Mary says:

          Oh wow this is good news. Congratulations to your wife, I’m sure she is thrilled not being ruled by an alarm clock. And Frank, way cool that you are actually out there hitting the ball again, but the best is that you’re working at a course. No telling how many times you’ll be sneaking in a game or two. Hopefully the weather cooperates this year and you see a lot of tee-times!

          • aFrankAngle says:

            I inquired more while at work yesterday. Much depends on availability (very understandable) … but the good news is that my wife and I can play with a cart for free!!! Woo hoo!!!!

  22. debiriley says:

    beautiful drawing! enchanting!
    I look and see ‘Mary, graphite, water’…. and then speedily click to your site!
    You’ve definitely got a thing going on with these – I just LOVE how you handle them, and create wonderfully evocative work!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much Debi. I’m having a good time exploring how to develop believable water with graphite and charcoal – those two mediums are perfect for creating fluidity within a scene. Thanks again for your supportive feedback!

      • debiriley says:

        you’re welcome!! I love what and How, you do it!! awesome.
        hey, quick question….. what is the polldaddy rating . com ?

        • Mary says:

          Hi Debi, thanks again. I wish I could tell you what polldaddy is. One day it popped up on my blog and I can’t get rid of it. It shows on my end as well. One of these days I’ll have to get with WordPress to see if they can’t help get rid of polldaddy.

  23. This is beautiful Mary. I can see and feel the peacefulness.

  24. Such a brilliant drawing, Mary. The reflections are amazing and I feel that I could reach through my screen and get my fingers wet. 🙂

  25. Brilliant…I can spend my whole day there in peace…. 🙂

  26. Resa says:

    Oh Mary, I’d love to see this in real life! It looks like a masterpiece. Your visions with charcoal & graphite are alive!

    • Mary says:

      You are something else Resa, thank you very much. It’s slightly sharper, but quieter if that makes any sense. Was a fun scene to workout in graphite ~

  27. Jackie says:

    Wonderful work! I love the feeling of serenity when I look at it. 🙂

  28. Wonderful drawing, Mary. I like the minimalist approach you used. It really drew my eyes into the middle of the painting to absorb the details and the reflection. I hope all is well with you!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Janell. This approach really did work and left the viewer to fill in the details of the scene. I’m great – we have a few house projects these days so I’m splitting my time and so far it’s working. Hope I haven’t missed any of your latest posts, but I’ll go out and check later this evening. Hope you are doing well too!!

  29. Another beautiful rendering – Thank you, Janet.:)

  30. I love the reflection, Mary. Beautiful work!

  31. Amy says:

    I really like your minimalist approach, and the reflections are beautifully done. The tranquility of this drawing is letting us quietly reflect on our life. Thank you, Mary! 🙂

  32. Susan Feniak says:

    A calming and reflective scene Mary. Wonderful.

  33. Painting for Joy says:

    This one is again as awesome as the last. The rock is so beautifully depicted. Your foliage is beautiful. And the reflections portray serenity. Well done!!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Rhonda, really appreciate it! I loved working the rock in this scene – a nice big slab of rock that had very little markings on it, but enough to give it some form. Glad you enjoyed the scene.

  34. Are you becoming a mystic, Mary? Lately, your drawings are infused with light, and very mystical. Your choice of treatment for the water is brilliant! The reflections really do all of the suggestive work. Just wonderful, my friend!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Cynthia – really enjoyed your thoughts on this drawing. You are so right, infused light has really been calling me lately – both the technique and subjects. Its been real teachable “moments” and will probably go this route for a while more. Hoping that I’ll be able to transfer the knowledge into other subjects and mediums. Loved reading your description means a lot ~

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