Friday, October 12, 2012

October 11th—Sunset #5

Lamy Joy fountain pen and watercolor
Yesterday was clear and so beautiful after the rain cleared out, but noticeably colder everyday. The "I hate to be cold" side of me said "Just stay in", but at the last minute I jumped in the car and went up to the North St overlook to sketch the sunset at 6:05 pm.
Bundled up in my parka (and my flip flops), I quickly sketched and painted noticing how dramatically different the light was and how much the colors of the leaves had changed from my last sketch two weeks ago. I had assistance from a guy who introduced himself as "Cowboy". It is amazing how many different people one meets when sketching in public.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Early October sketches

Dip pen, ink and watercolor
Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland sits across the harbor from Portland. This was just before sunset on a cool clear evening.

My hands—Sepia Pitt Pen and watercolor

Practice, practice, practice—a quick wash on the paper and then drawing my hands. 

pen, brush pen and watercolor
A very rainy weekend visiting with friends up the coast in beautiful Georgetown, Maine.  After we managed an 8 mile walk between the downpours we time spent in front of the fire, talking, doing a jigsaw puzzle and reading. I spent time sketching and watching the seagulls as they bathed in their favorite tidepool. My friend Elizabeth is beside herself that the gulls have taken over a particular tidepool that the kids like to play in. I don't think she will win this one...

Pencil, watercolor and colored pencil
I enjoy living amongst the seagulls. I am awakened by their loud cries as they circle the lobster boats heading out of the harbor in the morning. I watch them as they perch on the roof tops looking around planning their next wily seagull moves, I'm fascinated by the precarious places the make nests and raise the chicks and often we stare at one another when they land on the skylight.

Staedler pen, Pentel brush pen and watercolor
I always enjoy doing portraits. This one done while talking on Skype.