Where I’m drawing from…

Buongiorno a tutti i miei amici italiani.

These days, I’m setting up my easel all the way out on the tip of Great Head. Acadia is packed with people right now. In a few days, they’ll head back home but lately it’s a little crowded out on the shoreline. The morning hours provide a good window of opportunity to work before the visitors hit the trails. This is a new site for me and I can not believe that it’s taken me twenty years to get around to exploring this area.

Great Head Cliff, 18 x 12 inches, graphite on Canson board

It’s supposed to rain tomorrow. Studio painting…

Here’s a photo of the really, really cool painting site:

my workplace.

Great Head Spruce, back at it…

Great Head Spruce, mixed media, 18 x 12 inches

One more session spent sorting out the spruce branches and some issues with the way that the tree form and land forms were not playing well together… I’m exploring another site out on Great Head and am loving the rugged quality of the terrain.

Saturday figure @ Waterfall Arts

Ellen, oil study on linen, 20 x 16 inches

Ellen, oil study on linen, 20 x 16 inches

This week’s figure study. Although landscape is my primary interest, figure study really helps me focus and clarify what I like to refer to as my “painting algorithm”.

Great Head Spruce

I had considered this drawing to be finished but upon further thought,  felt that it merited further work. I headed out this morning to Great Head and had at it.

Great Head Spruce, pencil and Conté on Canson tinted paper, 18 x 12 inches

Hunter’s Cliff, redux.

Reworked this one today…
This drawing is of a site that I love but find very taxing to climb up into. A field of wet, rockweed covered granite boulders and a few steep passages make getting up to this vantage point a bit daunting. I discovered this site years ago, when my vestibular system was more or less intact. I’d not dared climb up there again until just this summer. I hope to work this into a larger painting.

Hunter's Cliff, graphite and Conté, 18 x 12 inches

Bluff, evening, low tide.

Graphite and chalk on toned paper, 12 x 18

I am a couple of sessions into this drawing. The work can only take place when the tide is low in the evening. The site is very, very nice and I hope to get the drawing fully fleshed out and move onto an oil study, a larger drawing and ultimately a larger studio painting. That’s the plan, any way…