Saturday, October 15, 2011


A fine day and a walk along a favourite and pretty much deserted beach last weekend led me to some on site sketching and the start of a study back in the studio.  I want to go much larger and likely will if time allows me to do so.   This is done with watercolour in a kraft paper sketchbook with a small addition of gouache to add a little solidity to the rockface.  The paper in this Daler Rowney Earthbound sketchbook isn't designed for watermedia, but it seems to stand up to it very well.

Rocks jutting out of the ocean always interest me.  On this beach they become an obstruction for waves that break around them and the resulting lines of water that cross on the shore is fascinating.  This 8 x 16 is the start of a painting of more of the rocks on this beach.  Its difficult to show the scale, but they are very large, more like mountains.

I took a number of photos in my explorations and a lot of them of rocks.  Its hard to go far here without them and I love the formations and how sometimes it can almost seem as if I'm in a different world in the barren landscape that they form.


Celeste Bergin said...

what fantastic scenery--love your sketches--I'll be tuned in to see the paintings!

Michael Bailey said...

Amazing geology and beautiful art again Jeanette. What a fantastic combination! No joy with watercolour but gouache is great on Kraft paper isn't it? Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Celeste. The rockscapes here are very interesting and beg to be painted.

Michael, thank you. I love using the kraft paper. The watercolour is pretty muted on it, but a touch of gouache does the trick alright.

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice :) really like the splashes of colour on the rocks

love drawing rocks, sometimes you find all kinds of interesting images in them to draw

RH Carpenter said...

Beautiful work!!!