Battered Fence Posts – charcoal and graphite drawing


“Battered by whatever Mother Nature delivers and still standing.  Fence posts are a great subject, each with character that tells their own story. ” by Mary

Battered Fence Posts, a drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  In this drawing I wanted the background to stay way back there, so I used charcoal with limited detail and a bit fuzzy – charcoal delivered on this aspect.  My main goal with the fence posts was to make them substantial, but distinguishable from the background.  Knowing that constant wind can make wood poles somewhat smooth, almost reflective, and give them great character – graphite worked beautifully for these aspects.  As for the wire, I wanted the wire to be very dark and standout – carbon was the perfect medium.

Sorry the photograph looks slightly blurry (do to bad lighting and shaky hand) – hopefully you still get a good read on the scene.  Thanks for visiting ~ have a wonderful weekend!

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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45 Responses to Battered Fence Posts – charcoal and graphite drawing

  1. Anna Cull says:

    Love this! I have a thing for fences in art : )

  2. Simla Barki says:

    Beautiful, I could stare at this one for hours…

  3. Christy B says:

    The wood really does have personality! I like that you made each post unique 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Christy, thanks very much for your comments and thoughts on the posts. I love drawing wood, every piece has character lines giving them their own unique “personality” as you mentioned. Thank you and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous work!

  5. Those fence posts speak of the passage of time and enduring the elements, as well as human neglect. Well done, Mary. I also took a tour of your Landscape paintings earlier today. You are such a talent!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thank you so much for your generous feedback on this painting. Just imagine the story those old posts could tell. I also wanted to thank you for taking time to review my landscape paintings, that means so much that you would spend a few moments to do that – your compliment is very special. Hope you are enjoying the beginning of warmer temps up your way and the gardens are sprouting with beautiful blossoms.

  6. Jet Eliot says:

    You did a wonderful job of capturing the worn look of wind here, Mary, and there’s a dreaminess that I really like too. A joy to be with the peace of this vision.

    • Mary says:

      Love it Jet, thank you for your generous and vivid read of the scene – I’m glad that you caught the essence of what I was trying to create.

  7. This simple subject matter has been given such power by your drawing – wonderfully atmospheric.

    • Mary says:

      Love your description and read of this drawing Anna – means a lot to see it through your artistic eyes. Thank you so much!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Excellent work

  9. Nice drawing, you really captured the posts well.

  10. This piece reminds me of the area where I grew up. That great big sky with the growing grass/crops, and the way the air would smell on a summer evening. Ah… Great memories. Thank you.

    • Mary says:

      Such a compliment Ruth, thank you so much – anytime a drawing of mine invokes good memories I’m thrilled. Glad you enjoyed the scene and that it took you back to a wonderful time.

  11. Lovely range of textures again, Mary

  12. Great subject well executed. Don’t like the shaky hand though?

  13. dorannrule says:

    You have caught the wind blown beauty of a weathered fence and the effect is lovely.

  14. neihtn2012 says:

    You make ordinary fence posts look impressive, with good perspective and tonality!

  15. Amy says:

    I love this beautiful drawing as I have seen these battered fences around.
    Beautiful composition, Mary! 🙂

  16. My first thought was The Wizard of Oz, Mary. Something about the fence struck a memory. Great job! I really love this one!

    • Mary says:

      I’m so glad this brought you a memory of a time – that is a true compliment. Wizard of Oz, okay that is cool! Thanks as always – have a great weekend!

  17. Resa says:

    Takes me home, Mary! Well done & thank you!

  18. A fence with character and a history. Nice one, Mary. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Judy, I enjoyed your response to the scene and writing – always appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend, hope that Spring warm temps are going to blanket New Hampshire this weekend.

  19. Heartafire says:

    A wonderful job on this Mary, the depth and dimension perfect!

  20. I like this three dimensional look…great work!
    robert

  21. Susan Feniak says:

    Agreed fence posts are great subjects. And they stand still. Really enjoyed stopping and seeing this drawing Mary.

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