I intended to do one of a scene I shared this morning on Instagram but this was the view when I sat down in my studio to sketch.
I mean, how could I not?
I pencilled in a rough outline first because I often start too big and don’t capture what I want. Pencil first helped with that.
Then I picked out the important bits with my trusty Pigma Micron (love those pens). The watercolours are from my Winsor & Newton travel set, mostly using cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and raw sienna.
I like the blue into the cliffs for shadows because I’m focusing on deeper colour. When I looked back over my first sketches I wasn’t satisfied with the colour. Too washed out. I find myself drawn to other people’s sketches with pops of colour. So obviously it’s something that speaks to me. Time to stop playing safe.
Right now the outside world is still pretty gray and brown and it has a definite influence on my palette. I may have to really let loose and make it up as I go!
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eisley
Before our move to Nova Scotia, our home backed onto a quiet lake in Ontario. Living by the water was something I’d dreamed of as a kid and we enjoyed that lake for almost 20 years. I especially loved watching the weather move across the water and the sunsets on the far shore.
Peace of the ocean
However, since moving here to the Bay of Fundy, I honestly feel I’ve traded up.
Anytime of the day I can step out my door and the ocean lies just around the corner, always different, always fascinating. Walking the dog is always an adventure. In the fall an eagle pair hunt along our shoreline. Yesterday, a pair of seals bobbed just offshore, watching us watching them. Fishing boats come and go, while the weather has its way with everything.
I’m so grateful to be living this close to powerful tides and the sound of waves and wind. The smell of salt and seaweed keeps me aware of the invisible. Beach-combing for interesting rocks, fishing floats and driftwood has become my new form of meditation.
And honestly, how many people have a lighthouse almost in their backyard?