Commitment: the state of being emotionally impelled to do something. My commitment is to making art, loving life and doing well.

Daily Artworks... my continuing challenge for 2015: Observe and record. Record and observe. And stretch - s-t-r-e-t-c-h - myself.
What will I discover?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Torngats Sketches 8 - Sheltered Beaches

Sheltered Shoreline 

Away From the Action of Ocean Waves...  
...sheltered beaches rise gradually from sea level.   

Perfect for landing small boats, these protected beaches make for easy access to the island.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Torngats Sketches 7 - Seaward Facing Cliff

Weathered and Eroded Cliff Face

Rocks Exposed to the Open Ocean...  
...wear away faster than similar rocks that are in a more sheltered location.   

The rock at the base of this cliff is shattered by frost and washed away by wave action. The rock towards the top of the cliff is more stable but eventually it will break away and fall into the ocean, too.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Torngats Sketches 6 - Dome Mountains

More Hills Through The Notch

Rounded Hills Rise and Fall...  
...with more hills in between.   

Distant hills that would be hidden, like this one, are revealed in the valleys between nearby peaks.        

Friday, September 5, 2014

Torngats Sketches 5 - Shadows in the Cliffs

Lights and Shadows Show the Textures of the Rocks

As the Sun Moves...  
... the look of the cliffs changes.   

Even the reflections on the water change as the lights and shadows change on the cliff face.        

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Torngats Sketches 4 - Bird's Eye View

View from the Hill

With Height, You Can See More...  
...and more, and more.   

Standing at this elevation, you can see from sea level at St. John's Harbour clear across to the mountains on the other side of Saglek Fjord. A very nice perspective.        

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Torngats Sketches 3 - Mountains Behind Mountains

Receding Landforms

Higher Peaks In The Distance...  
...minimize the landforms closer to the viewer.   

The height of these mountain tops dominates the nearby islands.         

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Torngats Sketches 2 - Sketching Forms

3 Dimensions into 2 Dimensions

Transcribing the Massive, Solid, Rounded, Rock Forms of the Mountains... a thin film of inked lines on paper, is a huge transition.   

The mountains of the Torngats rise above sea-level to heights of 1,000 and 2,000 feet to over 3,000 feet.  Capturing this in a drawing is impossible, and even suggesting it is tricky.           

Monday, September 1, 2014

Torngats Sketches 1 - Getting Started

New Season, New Project

Everything Starts Somewhere...  
...and these drawings may lead me somewhere, too.   

Pen and ink drawings fall somewhere between line studies, value studies and texture studies. Using the reference photos I took last month at the Torngat Base Camp, I plan to spend this month building up some sketches and drawings of the incredible terrain we encountered there.