Sunday, 19 June 2011
The coastal feature that is Pulpit Rock was cut away by quarry men at Bill quarry on the island of Portland in the 1870's. Some brave souls climb to the top of the stack - I've never fancied it myself, not having a head for heights. The stone is a beautiful mellow yellowish grey and the shadow colours that fall on it a delicious blue violet. This sketch was done with inktense pencils, sepia waterproof pen and a white gel pen. I tried to capture the moment inbetween heavy showers where the sun shines through lighting up the wet rock and making strong tonal contrasts.
After all the excitement of exhibitions I'm feeling a little flat so I'm going to be taking a mini break from blogging for a week or so whilst I spend some time out sketching on location and researching some new ideas for my next series of paintings. When I'm back I will have some exciting material to share, until then I wish everyone a wonderfully creative week.