Drawing The Dark

13 Feb


Husb and I went for a stroll in the dark down to the beach. We’re lucky enough to live just a few minutes walk from Swansea Bay which would be idyllic if it didn’t rain for most of the year! But it’s a great place to nip out for some exercise. I took my A4 brown paper sketchbook and some conté crayons in sanguine, white and black. There’s more to see in the dark that you’d think. We stood on the promenade behind the sea wall and looked across the beach and sea to the inky horizon. The lamp post behind us threw some light and shadows across the pale sand and the edges of the waves and a couple of stars gleamed white in the darkness. I turned the black conté on its side to block in the sky and sea – it gives it a grainy texture. I picked out our shadows with a touch of sanguine and the black applied lightly.



I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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5 Responses to “Drawing The Dark”

  1. I wonder who the nudee is in your mind? Smiles from here to there!]

    • Rosie Scribblah February 14, 2017 at 07:15 #

      I I work with a lot of nude models. There are several regular life drawing classes in the area. It’s a very long tradition in British art but seems quite rare outside Europe ☺

  2. Hi Rosie, I really like this drawing in the dark…and the 2 little stars, the waves are calm and probably not much sound…quite encapsulating. .[good ol Swansea beach!] regards Diane.

    • Rosie Scribblah February 14, 2017 at 07:13 #

      Thank you, Diane. It was very calm but cold bbbrrrrr

  3. Leonie Andrews February 13, 2017 at 23:08 #

    Quite like a nocturne myself.

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