sketchbooking picnic

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Art Classes, Here Come the Humpbacks, Maine College of Art, Peaks Island | 0 comments

What fun to repeat the Sketchbook Workshop I did last year with Judy Labrasca, this time with a new flock of arty folks. Judy and I shared sketchbooks and materials with the class and began our trek, starting by the “army dock” near the ferry landing  on Peaks Island.  She gave a nimble watercolor demo with a brush pen.

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I added a quick pencil sketch to the handmade sketchbook from last year.

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Another curious flock kept an eye on us.

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The boat in the background above is the E Cosi, which sailed into my illustration in Here Come the Humpbacks!

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I drew a goose on sanded pastel paper, but he was not impressed.

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We ventured over to Sandy Beach, where low tide allowed for ample sketching perches.

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Pam found a shady spot for this watercolor of Cushing Island. She used a viewfinder Judy handed out, by making a miniature composition in the upper right.

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In fact, several sketchers found good spots beneath a gnarly tree.

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Judy is the best teacher, always ready to experiment. Her daring shows in this painting on a black piece of paper, done with muted colors  in a matter of minutes.

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From there, we walked another 5 minutes over to Picnic Point. This little peninsula juts out toward Cushing Island, facing Hussey Sound in a way that feels like you’ve landed on another island altogether. We paused to eat our picnic lunches. Then I did a quick pastel demo.

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I enjoyed being outdone by “Dennis the Menace” who drew this lyrical pastel beside me as we sat on a driftwood log.

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We walked another 10 minutes over to the Fifth Maine Museum, where ocean views and gardens beckoned.

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We laid out our work on tables facing the sea. So much beauty captured!

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I made this sketch of the daisy crop on vellum pages in my sketchbook.

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John painted this delicate watercolor.

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We hustled back downfront, to the crowds that gather at ferry times. Thanks to MECA for a lovely encounter with intrepid artists who made such uniquely indelible records of one memorable island day!

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