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Summer Sketchbook

JULY 17, 2012
Basalt cliffs at Arnarstapi, Snæfelsnes Peninsula (litho crayon)
I was in Iceland a few weeks ago for a family reunion (my wife is part Icelandic) and I sketched as much as I could. Since the sun didn't really set, I was out drawing the ocean views at 10:00 pm and 5:00 am; there was only a slight shift in where the shadows were being cast. The biggest problem were the kamikaze-like Arctic Terns with their dagger like bills and their laser-guided excrement bombs. Very exciting.
Sea cliffs, Arnarstapi, Snæfelsnes Peninsula. Not in this drawing are the hundreds of noisy seabirds nesting on the sheer rock cliffs. (litho crayon)
not too far from Stykishomer, Snæfelsnes Peninsula (next stop: the Arctic Ocean) (litho crayon)
Grackles among the boulders in South Natick, Massachusetts (charcoal pencil)
Low water in the Charles River, the South Natick Dam in the background. (colored pencil)
I made this yesterday morning: some geese on top of the dam. It took about an hour. (colored pencil)
Sketching at home has fewer hazards. But folks, it's also a routine. A good routine but at times, Work loses its imperative and I wonder what will come next if I take a sabbatical from my daily landscape drawing. Best not to think about it too much. Don't fix it if it aint broke. etc. 
Speaking of which, I have an exhibit of my landscape drawings up until the end of July. Please get in touch if you're in the area and want to see it (at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, MA).
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