|From Grace's Kitchen|
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
|Three Views of Digby Waterfront|
My painting friend Holly took me to Digby to renew my car's license plate as I didn't dare drive my car and risk getting fined! Afterward we parked down on the waterfront and I tried to put that tangled complexity onto a 9x12 page. I started with the middle one, the moved to the bottom of the page, and finally began drawing O'Neil's fish plant behind the cannon in the park right in front of us. This ran into the first waterfront attempt and it was time to leave: we were both starved for lunch!
See Holly's work at www.hollyeverettgallery.com.
|Another Sunday Evening with the Granville Ferals|
Saturday, March 26, 2011
|Parkers Cove Sheds from the Fish Plant|
Friday, March 25, 2011
|Waiting for Sun to Shine|
|Shed with Refrigerator Box Incorporated|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
|Ming Cat asleep on top of couch|
Saturday, March 19, 2011
|Five Boats Left at Causeway|
|Six Mailboxes at End of Lane|
|Six Mailboxes from the Other Side|
The tide was high and I stopped to draw the fleet at the causeway for what might be the last time this season. Two of the boats are out most days now. Then I decided to draw the mailboxes just beyond that stopping place. I've always liked this colony of different styles. All too soon they may be replaced by a characterless Canada Post multiple box unit. This is a direct drawing (no preliminary pencil lines) with a Sakura Micron .5 mm black fibre tip pen.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Fish Sheds at Parkers Cove
After painting at a friend's near the Fundy Shore I couldn't resist going on down to Parkers Cove, my favourite harbour and also the closest one. The sun was setting and this as as far as I got before it was too cold to sit in my car. Perhaps I'll go back and lay in the shadows I liked so much and didn't think to note down first thing. That is part of the coming of spring: remembering how different it is to work outdoors in the sun; the light is always moving.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Duck-box from India
This wooden duck, about 3" long, holds my erasers, one of which is beside it. (I cut them up so I don't lose as much and so I can have one wherever I am.) My daughter brought it from India some years ago. It an ornate pattern which I did not try to record; too much like work.
I became immersed in the shadows of its highly patterned form plus its own form-revealing yet flat shadow; amazed at how much the form is revealed in its flat shadow on a flat surface.
Monday, March 14, 2011
|The Granville Ferals practicing|
Now that the clocks have changed again I can stay up late enough to draw in the evening and came home refreshed and invigorated by their lively music. I did 9 altogether and had a progressively easier time as I got familiar with them and their instruments. The big guy in the foreground of #3 really is huge; he probably stands well above 6'6". He doesn't play; just stopped in to listen.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
St George Street, Annapolis Royal
I've always liked this view of the church steeple peering above the inn, antique store, and houses as I walked on Saint George Street. Since I had time to stop and draw between other things, I did. But rain came and I could no longer see through the windshield, so this is an unfinished drawing. I don't know when I'll get back there to draw again, so here it is; well begun is half done?
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Mama Cleo Nursing|
|Full-bellied and Starting to Wrestle|
|Practicing Attack Skills|
|Playing with Cleo's Tail|
Thursday, March 10, 2011
|Waiting for the Dryers|
|RvL Waiting - twice|
|Waiting at Tangles for my Haircut|
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
House on Curve at Victoria Beach
House at Curve, with thumbnail sketch Thumbnail, enlarged
(That pale curve in the water is a tide rip.)
Today I needed to get out and celebrate a sunny spring day. Louise and I drove down to Victoria Beach, where I saw this house. I like houses on downhill curves as well as houses silhouetted against the sea; two for one here! First I drew too small and so fitted in the whole 9 yards. Next I tried to get the size I'd first aimed for, not so successfully. Then I drew a thumbnail to remind myself what it was I'd been aiming for - probably should have begun here!
Now the tide was high so I went to the causeway a drew another boat portrait:
Da Fighters Three out of Grand Manan
Drawn from down on the road itself, now that the snow is all gone there.
The home port of a boat is not necessarily what is written on her stern. That indicates where she was registered, which might be where she was built rather than where she is now. It is expensive to re-register a boat's home port, so the boat may move but not her home port label.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
At the Causeway, on canvas
Today was warm, overcast, and high tide; a fine day to paint at the causeway. I hadn't counted on the March wind roaring upriver! I struggled to open my door: no way could I set my up easel, let alone put a canvas on it, so I worked in my car. I also had to photo the drawing in my car as I was eager to get some paint down before the tide or weather changed. Hence the distortion and uneven lighting.
Waiting at WalMart in MaryLou's Truck
Saturday I rode to Digby for a girls' day with MaryLou and Grace. I stayed the truck and drew while they went in to WalMart. It was too early for many people to have arrived, so I enjoyed drawing the poles. Then two vehicles parked across the aisle from us and I drew them. I used a brown Pentel .05 pen in the 5x8" sketchbook I keep in my handbag.
Friday, March 4, 2011
My Wonderful Willy-wobbly $12 Drawing Table
I set out to draw only my table, to celebrate that I'd finally cleared it off after weeks of letting it hold stuff until I dealt with it, however I fell into drawing and couldn't stop till I came to the edges of the page. It was also intended to be a simple ink drawing; it's ordinary .7mm pencil.