It's raining today in Natick. It's a good day to curl up, read books and drink hot tea. Of course, I went outside at 7:00 A.M. to see if anything was happening at the dam. I brought my sketchbook and some charcoal pencils and a jar of mixed inks. I like the chance effects of rain, snow and even ice in my drawings. Once in awhile, something great happens. However, more often the drawing gets washed away. There's a metaphor for life in here somewhere. Below are today's efforts and a few from years past using an assortment of media.
|A Great Blue Heron in front of the dam (in the rain)|
|Looking over the top of the dam|
charcoal, ink, colored pencil
|the same drawing above, in the wild|
When I sketch in the rain, I try to take a photo of the work because the rain often washes everything away by the time I get back to my studio.
|The island in the rain|
|geese in the rain|
|heron under the bridge|
|Using a hard charcoal|
|I think this is a slightly water soluble litho crayon|