Lookout Point on Talcott Mountain – charcoal drawing


“Distant views lets our imagination take us to places unknown,” by Mary

Our trip to New England last year for the leaf season began in the beautiful State of Connecticut with a hike up Talcott Mountain.  The trail was a little steeper than we anticipated, but well the views made up for it – they were nothing short of spectacular and totally unexpected.  It was quite the treat ~

Lookout Point on Talcott Mountain, a charcoal drawing (10×8) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  My whole objective for this scene was to allow the tree to take center stage, all the while pushing the views way back into the distance – allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks along the way.   Charcoal allowed me to leave out a lot of the detail, but still give the tree definition and grace as it sits atop the mountain.

BTW, WordPress had a glitch in updates it performed to the Reader last Friday, blocking some bloggers ability to comment on other blogs (thus my absence).  They were able to fix the system last evening, all capability to comment has been restored.

Thanks for visiting ~ hope you have a lovely week.

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40 Responses to Lookout Point on Talcott Mountain – charcoal drawing

  1. Hi Mary, hope you are doing great. Had been a bit irregular with blogging and missed a lot of posts from my blogger friends here… 🙂

    Great work with charcoal as always….what a lovely spot!

  2. What a great spot. It looks like a person can see for miles. Let’s pack a picnic lunch and hike up there tomorrow! 😉

  3. Heartafire says:

    O my , this is amazing!

  4. Inese Poga Art plus Life says:

    Your charcoals are excellent!
    I love drawing, too, it’s the easiest thing to do, but I don’t want to have only drawings. I must admit looking at your drawings that these are great artworks. Maybe I should also leave some stuff only as a drawing? It’s worth considering.
    Definitely, inspiring.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Inese for your generous comment and for taking the time to view my drawings. I really enjoy drawing too. For me, it takes me back to the basics and technicals, but also I like to see how far I can push graphite and charcoal. It’s been a good exercise over these past four-to-five months.

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    You do charcoal so well. The feeling I get from it is a sense of loneliness … but who knows why.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Frank very much for your kind compliment – I can see why you would say that – loneliness, but with strength. Hey guess what, or maybe you already know, unbelievable that TCU took the NIT championship last night – awesome game and big excitement for the college and community of Fort Worth. Talk about a turned around ~ now it’s time for Geno and UConn’s women to have some fun!

  6. Elegant composition and excellent execution, Mary

  7. Another place I know very well….and beautifully captured….thank you, Mary…:)

  8. ladyfi says:

    Love that solitary tree – it speaks to me!

  9. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful drawing.

  10. Ogee says:

    A beautiful capture of light and texture in a simple, but stately subject.

  11. Elegant and well resolved work
    Miss Mary

    Big hugs

    uncle john

  12. Elisa Ruland says:

    My mother was an artist, and I remember her working with charcoal. I know it isn’t easy which is why I appreciate your work. Alas, I didn’t get the artist gene!

    • Mary says:

      How cool Elisa – I would have loved to watch her work the charcoal, a fascinating medium. Thank you so much! But I have to say you have the photographer gene and what you produce is gorgeous!!

  13. Such a beautiful drawing, Mary. That tree really does have a great view. 🙂

  14. I love your drawing. As a former art student it is so nice to see a seasoned artist such as yourself working in charcoal.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Denise – charcoal is a fantastic medium to work with. I describe it as soft, gentle and vibrant if you allow it to show its stuff! Thanks again ~

  15. I have always enjoyed your work 🙂

  16. This is really beautiful, Mary. It makes me feel lonesome…but in a good way. I think I’ve had too much stimulation today and I need to sit underneath that tree. Thank you!
    I’m loving your quotes too! xo

    • Mary says:

      It was such a surprise and good find, that if we didn’t have such a heavy schedule that day it would have been the perfect spot for taking a seat and kicking back. Thanks very much Jill and glad you could find some quiet under the tree!

  17. Resa says:

    A lonely beauty looks out over her dream. This is what I see in your very poignant drawing, Mary.

  18. You take my breath away with these drawings!

  19. Lonely, radiant and beautiful! 🙂

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