8" x 10" coloured pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This my second attempt to work up a sketch of the boardwalk path down to Nauset Beach which I did last month when I was in Cape Cod.
You can see a copy of my "Travels with a Sketchbook" blog entry for the day I made the sketch here "Sunday 10th September: Cape Cod National Foreshore".
This is the original sketch. My note says that it's timed at 5.50pm and, as I indicate in the blog post
The early evening light was giving a marvellous colour to the grasses and beach roses and the shadow of the fence was making interesting coloured patterns on the path and in the grasses.In addition I also noted that
On early Sunday evening, the sea was looking an incredible navy blue colour and I wondered whether this was anything to do with Hurricane Ernesto which had been winding down and moving north the previous week. Nauset Beach has suffered very badly from coastal erosion in the past particularly after heavy seas associated with hurricanes. According to the website of the Nauset Light Preservation Society.....The drawing was developed from the sketch and photographs I took at the time - both sitting and standing - which basically means the perspective is a bit more accurate in this drawing. Photography has a part to play in recording the way our landscape changes, but in my opinion, drawing and painting the ever changing landscape are also equally important. I wondered what this view will look like if I sketch it again in 10 years time.......
"...the average natural erosion rate on the Atlantic Ocean side of Cape Cod had been 3.8 feet a year. However, in the area of Nauset Light, the average for the period 1987-1994 has accelerated to 5.8 feet. There may be little or no erosion in some years, and more than fifteen feet in other years."
I used Strathmore Bristol Vellum 300 series 100lb for the drawing, which I've not used before. I found it was less smooth and had more of a tooth than the HP papers that I'm used to using (Arches, Fabriano and Saunders Waterford). Not exactly like NOT paper - maybe inbetween NOT and HP. I developed the lighter patches on the grasses through repeated layering coupled with drawing with my battery powered eraser.
At the moment, I think this one will be going back across the Atlantic and will be for sale at the exhibition that Fine Line Artists are having in Keene, New Hampshire in December.
I'm also looking forward to having another go at this one in pastel!
- "Travels with a Sketchbook in......."
- Travels with a sketchbook - "Sunday 10th September: Cape Cod National Seashore"
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Nauset Beach
- Cape Cod - e-book by Henry David Thoreau