[By Marcia Milner-Brage, Down East Maine, late summer]
|S-curve with HB pencil and brush pen with blue acrylic ink|
I’ve taken to skipping the preliminary sketch in my pocket-size Moleskin and laying down a composition right on the page. I call this discovering the bones. Often I’ll spend half my time on-site with the “bones” underdrawing.
I first spotted this buoy shed on a previous trip to Jonesport (this was our 5th trip to this NE coast of Maine in 10 years). This time, we just happened to be staying nearby.
|Buoy shed with water soluble graphite underdrawing|
I asked him what the small shed in front of the buoy shed was. “Oh, that’s the old outhouse. It used to be at the end of the dock with a hole in the floor. Everybody had them out there. Then the government said you couldn’t do that. You had to get septic. After I rebuilt the dock, I thought I’d put it back at the end, just show what it was like. But I didn’t. I just left it where it is.”
That’s when I decided that I had to come back the next day and draw the outhouse, too.
|Outhouse and canoe with watercolor pencil sketch underdrawing|
|Beals Bridge and dry-docked boat with HB pencil and brush pen with blue acrylic ink|
I did 30 drawings during my two weeks in Down East. These were the ones that I documented finding the bones of the drawing from the side of the road. If you’d like to see more of Maine from this and two previous trips, go HERE.