It’s been a year since I took the opportunity to do a watercolor sketch live and not from a photo. I tend to do these sketches while traveling away from home. Ellen and I just returned from celebrating her birthday in East Boothbay, Maine. We were there for only a few days but I was determined to do some sketching. The first sketch was done at Cozy Harbor on Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor. The fishing hut was just perfect for sketching and very picturesque with the yellow lobster traps on either side. It was a HOT day, around 90 degrees and I was in full sun so I worked rather quickly and didn’t realize that the sketch pad was on a slight angle. I kind of like the tilt. It’s like something Cézanne might do (only he would have done it on purpose)!

I did the second sketch later the same day from the porch of Five Gables Inn where we were staying in East Boothbay, ME. The house across the way, partially hidden with shrubbery and overlooking the inlet, caught my eye. It was much more comfortable drawing there. The porch was covered and I had a very convenient table available to put my paints, brushes and sketchbook on. I really liked the deep burgundy colored tree on the left behind the house. It made a nice contrast to the greens of the shrubbery and distant trees across the bay.

Both were drawn with two Micron pens (#3 and #5). Two brushes were used for the watercoloring, a 3/4 inch flat from American Journey and a #8 round DaVinci Casaneo. The sketches were done in an 8 1/4 inch square Hand Book Travelogue sketchbook.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

14 thoughts on “Finally!”

  1. I like these a lot, Jeff. The first one reminds me of the times Dan and I spent along the Maine coast-so beautiful. We saw so many fishing shacks like the one in your sketch. Many had a “natural” tilt that made you wonder how much longer they’d be standing. Thanks for sending these sketches. I’ve been missing them.


    1. Thanks, Donna. Yes, there are so many interesting coves with boats, buildings and docks; lots of subject matter for drawing. I took a lot of photos too and might try drawing from some of them. It felt really good to get back to sketching even if I was a bit rusty.


    1. Thanks so much, Laureen. Great to hear from you. It felt so good to be able to do some sketching again and we had a wonderful, if short, visit to the ocean. There are so many picturesque spots along the Maine coast. It is still a working fishing and lobstering area so there was much to enjoy. Thanks again for writing. I’m glad you like the drawings. I hope to do more. Best to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you Gabriel. I’m delighted that you enjoyed them. I haven’t done much sketching for a while and I hope to do more so as they say, “stay tuned”. If you have a chance, take a look at my earlier “urban sketches” and travel sketches on my blog. I hope you will like them as well. Thanks very much for writing and feel free to comment on my posts any time.

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    1. Thanks, Shari. It was a great getaway and fun to finally do some sketching. Our life drawing group will start up again in a couple of weeks so hopefully, that will keep me motivated. Thanks, as always, for writing.


    1. Thanks so much for writing, Jan. Really glad you liked the sketches. We had a great getaway if only for a few days; wonderful scenery, great seafood and a beautiful Inn. It all made for a very nice celebration for Ellen’s birthday. Best to you and John.


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