Saturday, June 11, 2022

 Pallets behind Atlantic Spice Co in Truro, MA.

I only had time to get a very rough outline drawn, and didn't take a photo, so most of this is from memory. I had done this same subject last year, so I had some previous knowledge to fall back on.

I liked the way the wall was stalwartly stemming the tide of foliage bursting over the top.


Ink sketch on toned paper of wooden pallets stacked on the ground in bright sunlight. Behind them is a wall supported by massive posts, holding back a mass of foliage. A ladder casts a shadow on the wall.


Pen and ink drawing in black, white, and gray, of wooden pallets lying and stacked next to a retaining wall and overhanging foliage in bright sunshine.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Three studies of waves

First is from yesterday morning; the water was relatively calm and the sun was out. By yesterday evening, it had clouded over, the wind was up, and the water was choppier. This morning it was full on rain and fog, and the waves were much bigger and more organized into long breakers.

Ink wash and white ink on toned paper in sketchbook 4" x 6"

Ink sketch of breaking waves with white buoy in background

Ink sketch of breaking waves with choppy waves in background

Ink sketch of breaking waves with large waves fading into fog in background

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Oil sketch of breakwater

 I did this in two short sessions after researching the local tides charts so as to maximize time painting at low tide. At this point I have the main shapes blocked in and some indication of the lights and darks. We go home tomorrow, so any further progress will have to be from memory or photo ref.

Oil sketch of breakwater made of large rocks, seen against the light

Painting setup with homemade pochade box on tripod with umbrella attached. Breakwater and ocean in background..

Surf and spume

Watercolor study of surf and spume. The main factors here are the waves and ripples reflecting the sky from different angles, the sandy bottom refracted up through the water, and the foamy spume on the surface. It's easy to trance out gazing at the ever-changing patterns.

watercolor sketch of waves and ripples lapping the sand, with intricate patterns of reflections and foam on the surface.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

The other side of the breakwater

 A pen and ink sketch of the other side of the breakwater. Definitely some proportion errors going on. The tide was going out, IIRC, - either way, it has bedeviling effect on my judgment of shapes and relative sizes as the baseline keeps changing.

pen sketch of breakwater made of rocks extending from beach into water.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Breakwater in pen and ink

 Fragmentary pen and ink study of breakwater. I want to do more straight up pen and ink on white paper - a spartan discipline with no color or even gray scale, but very versatile as evidenced by the great 19th C illustrators. Not sure if I want to finish this, either from life or photo ref, or leave it.

Pen and ink sketch of breakwater made of piled up rocks.

I went back the next day and continued work on the pen and ink drawing of the breakwater. I don't know if it improved the image but it was good exercise in rendering shapes, values, and textures.

pen drawing of breakwater made of large rocks, jutting from beach into water.

Friday, June 3, 2022

Breakwater in black and white on toned paper

Another version of the breakwater, this time in overcast morning light. This is a tricky subject, because the tide is alway either coming in or going out, at a rate right on the edge of perceptibility, like the minute hand of a clock. Not only do parts of the structure disappear as the tide comes in, but the water's edge, which ordinarily would be a useful reference point, is always changing as well. The only constant is the horizon.

Ink on toned paper sketch of breakwater made of rocks extending from beach into water. Diffuse light from overcast sky.