Near the Shore Path, in progress

Here’s a little drawing of a site that I’d painted years ago and have recently revisited. As I worked on this drawing, I came to realize that I’d really liked the shapes created by the high tide water-line. This drawing is at low tide. Whoops. So, I have some further drawings to work up as I re-familiarize myself with this bit of shoreline.

Day 1:

Near_shore_path_1Day 3:

Exhibit announced-

As the Crow Flies, pencil and chalk on toned paper, 24 x 36 in.

As the Crow Flies, pencil and chalk on toned paper, 24 x 36 in.

Naturally Drawn: Recent Works by Robert Pollien

August 7 -October 31, 2013

Members’ Reception with the artist,
by invitation Wednesday, August 7th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Gallery Talk Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm

Wendell Gilley Museum
PO Box 254
4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor
Maine 04679
(207) 244-7555



Patience, Figure Study

Patience, graphite and chalk on toned paper, 15 x 15 inches

Patience, graphite and chalk on toned paper, 15 x 15 inches

There is a new figure drawing group in Bar Harbor on Monday nights. It feels good to get back into drawing the figure although some rust has accumulated…

Precepice, Winter Afternoon

Precepice, Winter afternoon

Precipice, Winter afternoon

A small, relatively quick one. Dimensions to follow… and perhaps an image shot in some better light.

Edit: a newly updated shot, but I am still lacking a decent photo. Perhaps soon.
This was done both out on site in the park and finished up in the studio. The site is one of my perennial winter favorites although the light on the south wall of the Precipice changes with somewhat alarming rapidity.

Little Long Pond, Pencil Study

The weather has not been at all cooperative as I try to move forward with a winter painting of Little Long Pond in Seal harbor. Earlier this morning, the weather was perfect. Clear skies, soft light and absent any wind. Over the course of two hours, all this would change dramatically.

Little Long Pond, pencil on Canson, 12 x 18 inches

Little Long Pond, pencil on Canson, 12 x 18 inches

Winter Painting 12/29

llp2I worked today for a bit on Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor. Although there was little wind, the cloudy weather was chilling. Temps were in the mid twenties. More snow is on the way so it’s time to find my stash of chemical toe and hand warmers…

Sand Beach, right side, Update

This drawing has gone through many changes as I’ve settled into the site and made some adjustments. The drawing looks rough but feels solid to me as I work toward doing more well-knit drawings.

Sand Beach, Right Side, low tide, 18 x 12 inches, Work in progress




Sand Beach, Low Tide study, pencil on Canson, 12 x 18 inches

Sand Beach Study, November, Low Tide, 12 x 18 inches, pencil & chalk on Canson

Several sessions went into this drawing. With the shorter, colder days,my drawing sessions tend to be brief during the winter months.

My next step with this drawing is to enlarge it using a grid. I’ll transfer it onto a 2 x 3 foot piece of drawing paper and then to a 2 x 3 foot wooden panel for the final painting. That’s the plan.

Note: the image is a tad dark. Ran out of photons, it’s December…

Updated 12/3/02: new image, taken during a brief encounter with daylight.

Update: Morning, Sand Beach

The tide was wrong today but what I really needed to address forms that sit above the water line so I headed out to the Park. I was only able to work for an hour before the wind picked up. As the wind took hold, my desire to be out drawing in it diminished.

Sand Beach, Low Tide, work in progress, pencil & chalk on canson, 12 x 18 inches