Drawing Boats at Mystic Seaport

Monday, October 05, 2009

Took a drawing class this weekend called "Anatomy of the Boat" at Mystic Seaport, taught by J. Susan Cole Stone of the Mystic Art Center. It was meant to be mostly plein air, but Saturday's relentless rain drove us all indoors. We started off with sketches of catboats in a small building:

Catboats, Mystic Seaport

During a very brief break in the weather, we sat by the water and drew the little wooden rowboats (dories, I believe):

More boats at Mystic Seaport

But sure enough, the rain started up again; I chose to go with some of the class to the youth education building, from which we could see the sailing class getting ready for a race. Sketched the sailboats quickly with pencil and Pitt markers:

Sailboats at Mystic Seaport

Sunday proved to be much sunnier. Started off with a pencil sketch of the Liberty:

Liberty, Mystic Seaport

Then it was back to the little dory boats -- this time I tried out a very rough watercolor paper and added watercolor (yes, I know, the boat in the foreground shouldn't be quite so pointy):

Boats at Mystic Seaport

Finally, I used a small box of watercolor pencils for this sketch of the Breck Marshall; probably not the best medium, but I made do:

Breck Marshall, Mystic Seaport

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  1. For the first time drawing boats, these look great!

  2. Love mystic and love boats. the gull on the pier reminds me of something i have done. Nice indeed!~

  3. I LOVE your sketchwork on your blog!! These boats are wonderful..

  4. beautiful! you are so talented suma! i love your work!

    hope to see you soon!!!

  5. Wow, beautiful proportions and lines in your boat sketches. I very much look forward to exploring your blog Suma.