It’s been raining off and on for a week. Not only is it impossible to draw in the rain – paper turns to mush – but the landscape becomes downright dreary. What’s an outdoor artist to do? People who draw are generally creative, so here are some of my artistic solutions for a dark and stormy day:
- Create a still life out of available items and practice watercolor.
- Finish up the unfinished drawings. This view of the waterfall inside Boiler Bay had some deep shadows which I thought should be darker. Maybe I got carried away.
- Take a nap, or draw someone taking a nap.
- Drive around and look for primo spots for when the sun again makes an appearance. If you’re lucky, you might even find a spot to draw from your car. That’s how this drawing came about. When I was there, there was a slight clearing and I was able to block this in. In the distance storm clouds were heading straight for the beach. Before the drawing was complete, the deluge hit and the scene dissolved into pouring water. See #2 above.
- Put on your rain clothes and take a walk on the beach. There will be no one there and it’s a perfect time to soak up the atmosphere of the sea.