Cove View – graphite/charcoal drawing

“It is wonderful how much depends upon the relations of black and white … A black and white, if properly balanced, suggests colour. ”  – Winslow Homer

Cove View, a charcoal/graphite drawing (8×10) was produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  It was my intention to have the cliff-side stand alone, dark and nondescript (except for the walkway, a special trail area to absorb the ocean and cove view) so charcoal was my go-to for that aspect of this drawing.  The clouded, sunlit sky and water on the other hand are what brings magic to the scene – it called for graphite (the reflective sister) to do its thing.  Winslow knew the secret to black and white art, no matter the media – there is a certain magic that comes from the contrast these two create.

We came upon this scene during a trip to the Maine coast – it is a walking trail connected to Fort Williams – Portland Headlight State Park.

Thank you for visiting – hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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

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57 Responses to Cove View – graphite/charcoal drawing

  1. Maxima says:

    Very nice post

  2. This piece really does suggest colour. I had to study it to see if you used a “blue” grey in some places or “yellow” in others. I had just read it was black and white, but still I needed to be sure.

    Like a previous commenter said, I like how the sky meets the water here.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ruth, thanks very much for your “colorful” view of the sea cove – very cool that the colors revealed themselves even though there is only B&W. It was a great scene to see in person and also to develop on paper. Have a great week!

  3. excellence says:

    This is brilliant, Mary.

  4. Chris White says:

    This is brilliant, Mary.

  5. Good morning Mary….another masterpiece…..and I do agree black and white used well is highly evocative and filled with colour and form. As you know i have received returned from Portugal and so am still in the throws of catching up….although I don’t think we ever really catch up in Life 🙂 So good to see your beautiful work, and look forward to seeing more. Enjoy the weekend…Janet

  6. ladyfi says:

    I like the way the cloud meets the sea.

  7. debiriley says:

    my new FAVORITE Mary!!!! oh my gosh, this is magnificent. LOVE it. exquisitely well done 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Debi, thanks so much for your generous comment and response to this drawing – I can’t tell you how much that means to me. This place is a beautiful spot over looking the cove area – ships out at sea pass by this area as they head into the Portland Maine harbor. Thank you again – hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

  8. WOWEE!! You never cease to impress, Mary! 😀 I’m so glad you’re making art!!

  9. Victo Dolore says:

    Oh, that is just beautiful. You can pack so much color and life with your drawings, even if they are in black and white. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      So cool you read closely and saw the color – here is to you with the color of life! Thank you Victo for taking time to visit and commenting – means a lot and is always appreciated!

  10. Black and white can transmit emotions as your drawing demonstrates! And the Maine Coast seems to be beautiful, maybe one day…

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Robert! There is no question that you guys would fall in love with the Maine – from the rugged rocky coastline, to the wild sea, idyllic little towns, and beautiful woods that grace the State. It’s a place that you’d cherish, can only imagine that gorgeous shots you’d take with your camera.

  11. restlessjo says:

    What a very interesting quote, Mary! And yes, I can ‘see’ the colour in your lovely interpretation. 🙂 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Glad you liked the quote Jo and I’m hoping that it rings true. Thank you so much for your reaction to the “colour” in this drawing ~ have a great weekend!

  12. This is a very beautiful, detailed work. It has a tangible atmosphere to it.

  13. You proved the quote with this splendidly dynamic work

  14. mihrank says:

    beautiful and amazing – rich

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  16. Amy says:

    Look at your beautiful drawing, I feel like I was there watching and enjoying the cliff and ocean… Thank you, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Such a compliment Amy, thank you so much! It’s a gorgeous area that I know you would capture some awesome photographs with your lens.

  17. I love these scenes you’ve recreated from your trip, Mary. This is absolutely stunning! I feel as though I’m on top of that path looking down at the sea. Excellent!

    • Mary says:

      Love your response to the drawing Jill – it’s a great compliment to receive. Especially when a scene can take a viewer there for a moment in time and lets them get lost in the views. This place in Maine is very special and can do just that.

  18. I love your charcoal works! Especially this one. Great job!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Harrison – that means a lot and is appreciated. Charcoal is messy and fun to work with. Your drawings are wonderful and shows your patience and skill for details, I’ve enjoyed looking at your work.

  19. Resa says:

    A beautiful image, Mary! I love your work. Yes, B&W may suggest color. Full color may turn out B&W, depending on many parameters. In ways, this image could be either. Wonderful!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Resa, thanks so much – you so get it!! This was a great scene to work out in B&W, a lot to work with from texture to tones. Have a great weekend!

  20. neihtn2012 says:

    Mary, you have created such a lovely drawing, and your mastery of graphite and charcoal is unrivaled, in my opinion. Have a great weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Hien for your kind and generous compliment – I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great weekend too!

  21. Susan Feniak says:

    Mary this is a beautifully rendered scene. I want to walk on that path!

  22. Alok Singhal says:

    In fact, I have a picture of Portland Headlight with the same view as you captured 🙂

    Beautiful it is…brought back memories of my tour!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Alok, thank you so much for your feedback – it’s a real compliment when one of my pieces brings back memories for a viewer. Very cool that you recognized and also have the same shot – isn’t it a gorgeous area!! This is a special place that we were fortunate enough to live by when we lived in Maine. So glad you enjoyed the drawing ~

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