Monday, 5 July 2010

A Summer Walk

Sketch in coloured pencil and pen



These sketches are from nearby Capo Zafferano, a gentle walk around a rocky peninsular inhabited mainly by gulls and somewhere I often go to sketch.  This time I sketched the lighthouse first in pen and watercolour adding the coloured pencil at home.  To get a good view I had to stand up and lean on the rock I've drawn above, not the most comfortable position!
I sat on the grass nearby to pack up my sketching kit then looked up and noticed how beautiful my rock looked against the blue of the sea.   I'd already burnt my shoulders in the sun so I took a quick photo and drew that one at home.
At this time of year the grasses and wild plants have all gone to seed and become dry.  I love all the different browns, yellows and golds against the turquoise blue of the sea.  I gathered up a little treasure trove of seed pods, grasses and  feathers to take home, now waiting to be sketched!




12 comments:

PALMAR said...

Bellissimi e tecnicamente ineccepibili... grazie anche ai luoghi che hai ritratto! Complimenti!

Mary said...

Just beautiful, Cathy. I wish I had your skill with coloured pencils, so I'll have to keep practising!

raena said...

These are both excellent! You have so many beautiful areas around you!

travelingsuep said...

Both are fabulous. I love the colour of the rock. The on-site sketch works well.

I hope the sun burn heals quickly.

Ann said...

These are lovely.

frayedattheedge said...

These are lovely drawings - which I think is what Palmar is saying in the first comment!!

Christie said...

Nice! You have a wonderful way with colored pencil. So fresh and unfussy!

BTW, thanks for your comment on my "truck and chair" illustration, and I want to answer your question. You asked if it was watercolor: well, yes and no. I attempted to use WC, but (as has happened before) just got too frustrated with using brushes and ended up putting in detail with colored pencil. I wish I could remain true to the medium!

perfectingmyperspective said...

Amazing job! They both look great! I LOVE lighthouses. Will you create more works with them in it?

Chrissy said...

Lovely mood to these, very serene. And I look forward to seeing the results of the collection ;)

Dan Kent said...

I love both of these sketches - virtually the most beautiful rock I've ever seen. So nice - love your use of color.

Krista Meister said...

Beautiful grasses set against bright blue water.

Nancy Clearwater Herman said...

Your work is lovely. What kind of colored pencils do you use?

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