“Weary sailors search the horizon for a glimpse of light, the beacon that will take them home. It’s been a long, cold and rough journey at sea as they long to set foot on land again ~ families wait anxiously for these sailors to return. They take comfort in knowing the lighthouse will guide them to their hearts destination ~ ” by Mary
Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – a charcoal (and graphite) drawing (8×10) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using both hard, soft and loose charcoal. A lot of tools were used to obtain the different textures seen here from a cotton ball for the sky, to a tortilium and sponge applicator for the vegetation. Both kneaded and Mono-Tombow erasers were used to work the textures and highlights in the vegetation. Graphite was used for the foreground grass (to soften the look of the grass, both a tortilium and sable brush were used). It was a joy to draw this very special that I used to call home.
Two Lights is the name that was given two light house structures, that stand by each other, in Two Lights State Park of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The structures over look Casco Bay and the Atlantic ocean. The lighthouses were built in 1828 and both remained in operation until 1924 – one was sold off and is now being used as a private residence (how cool is that?) and the other lighthouse continues in operation. In 1929 a famous American artist, Edward Hopper, painted this lighthouse Lighthouse at Two Lights that hangs at The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 900. It is interesting to see how much vegetation has grown around the lighthouse currently from when Hoppers painted it in 1929. He painted the scene from a different angle than I did my drawing, both give interesting perspectives of this idyllic place.
Hope you enjoy a little history behind this famous Maine Lighthouse ~ a quick side note. If you are ever traveling through Maine and are looking for a delicious lobster roll, the Two Lights Lobster Shack fully delivers! It is located right next to the lighthouses.
Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.