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Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Drawing a Lobsterboat and Dock at Owls Head Harbor
Topic: Art

Today I set up at Owls Head Harbor just to do some drawing or ink wash painting. I started out hoping I could draw directly with brush and ink to make a line painting that could also be a coloring page. Instead I worked first doing a study in tonal grey wash. Then, still with a mind to making a coloring page drawing, I did a pencil tonal drawing. The pattern of negative shapes and shadows were so fascinating though that I didn't get to doing a linear image.

wash painting of harbor
This is the wash painting of the lobsterboat "Quick Step" at the dock. By the time I got to the pencil drawing, the tide was well on its way out. The boat was settling into the ground with its stern in the air above the water. Here is my pencil drawing of the lobsterboat at the dock. The actual drawing is not nearly as dark as this version.

One thing I love when working at a working waterfront is to be able to hear the banter and stories of the guys on the dock. If I heard right, the lobster catch is finally starting to pick up.

I'm usually painting alone or in the company of students. This time I was painting in the vicinity of another artist. When I got out of the car to set up with my gear and put my stool down I was surprised by the sight of another painter down below me on the beach set up with easel and large canvas.  It was very hard not to ply this fellow with questions about his story. I finally had to ask. "Are you part of a workshop, or here painting because you just do it?" We exchanged our brief painters' stories.  You will enjoy the paintings of Colin Page at colinpagepaintings.com.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 10:00 PM EDT
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