Another few images from July’s sketching workshop.
Just before I took this photo (below) at Muckross beach, we watched, astounded and thrilled, as a school (pod?) of dolphins leapt above the waves in the direction of Muckross Head. Unfortunately I didn’t have a good enough lens with me to capture it but we found them again later as we headed round to Muckross Head tumbling and playing in the bay and I believe they may still be there.
I love the close tonal values of this image
Water flows down from the mountains cutting a path through the sand and when the tide is out it creates a universal pattern as it weakens to a trickle. It looks like a delta, roots of a tree, tresses – how often nature repeats itself!
The perspective of boats can be difficult to capture so I suggested some “blind” drawing i.e. not looking at the paper when you’re drawing. This can be challenging as there is an automatic reflex to look down at your sketch book. However, as is seen in the sketches below, the results are worth it – strong flowing lines, spatial awareness and perspective “seen” without realising it!
Kay sat for ages studying the movement of the water for this sketch and I really think she captured it.
Of course there were lots of interesting subjects to draw other than boats….
Pencil sketch Anne Marie
Looking forward now to August’s workshop. I am under no illusion that the weather will be as stunningly warm and sunny but Donegal offers so much more than good weather!