Bike on the Beach
This nice guy parked his bike in front of me while I was sitting on the rocks by Sea Gate at Coney Island. I was clearly taking photographs, but he didn’t seem to care and I liked what I saw in my viewfinder, so he has become another one of my walk-in-front-of-me subjects.
Drawing this over two sessions has proved to be a challenge, especially the ellipses of the bike wheels, but I think I nailed them with some perseverance and a few erasures. His facial features were easier to draw! I will eventually turn to my paints and get this one going as a watercolor, but I’m going to leave this at the drawing stage and move on to other paintings. I’m enjoying the grid mixing in with the bike and the beach horizons; the linear quality of the pencil is enough for now.
What I’m looking at John Singer Sargent Portraits of Artists and Friends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last night I visited this exhibit of 92 paintings and drawings, including a gallery of watercolors, and left moved by the emotional quality of the works. Studying Sargent leaves me with an unspoken sense that there’s a lot more work to do as an artist.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21″ x 14″