After Seaside I wanted to capture some views of Oregon’s wild and rugged coast. I knew I would find this at Ecola State Park , just north of Cannon Beach. It was cloudy when I pulled into the parking lot. Because of the cool wind I decided to explore with my camera, rather than my sketchbook. Erosion has closed several trails and viewpoints, even the road to Indian Beach. Looking south to Cannon Beach is a classic view. Later I did a quick drawing from the photograph. I rather liked the ink drawing. It’s a good example of atmospheric perspective with the hills growing fainter in the distance.
It was a very gray day and I wanted to portray the mood created by low dark clouds hovering over the hills. I thought I would put the sky in with watercolor and leave the land in ink. Unfortunately the watercolor did not work and I kept adding color to try to redeem it. I’m showing it merely to share with you that we all have flops. I could blame it on the poor paper in my sketchbook or the fact that it was hastily done, but really it just doesn’t work.
Later we set off on a trail to the south. At the top of a hill I came upon this lovely view of Indian Beach and Tillamook Head. The clouds were beginning to clear and the water was a a beautiful blue. This would have been a great spot to set up my painting easel.
If you’ve seen many of my drawings, you might notice that I tend to draw things not views – things like trees, houses, boats. Generally, I believe grand views are better suited to large paintings. Once home I decided it would be interesting to try this wonderful vista as a careful ink drawing. This is small, just 7 by 9 inches. It just might make a fine large drawing after all.
No matter what I draw, I learn from my drawings. It is not unusual to have some that simply don’t work. It’s only a failure if one doesn’t learn from one’s mistakes. And, I don’t draw because I’m going to make a beautiful work of art, I draw because I love to draw.
Paula, I love the reason you draw. It is not complicated. I have thought long and hard about the why of making art. It started with a movie called, Why does man create? I think the pure pleasure of drawing is the best reason. It seems I often forget to just enjoy what I am doing. It then becomes work. I am not saying that work is a bad thing. But it is better when you love doing your work. I often wonder why I spend so little time drawing and painting. I think somehow I have forgotten to just enjoy the activity.