Grand Manan Island – Day Four!


We visited Woodward’s Cove today. A bit of fog rolled in early on but didn’t hang around. Another gorgeous day! I applied some pen to the studies that I’d prepared yesterday on a quarter sheet of Curry’s, Cold Press, 200 lb. paper. The watercolour washes for the first one were in full colour and the other was in sepia. Each demanded a different approach with the pen.

Pen and watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs-GM2013

The sketch of the boat was done, initially, with some wet into wet watercolour and fairly relaxed brushwork. I used a #3 pigment liner pen from Pilot and tried to add structure and texture to the piece without detracting from the look of the washes.

Pen and watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs-GM2013

The sepia study of the painter had a strong quality of light and shadow. In this case, I used a #8 pen and worked more boldly with stronger lines and marks.

Everyone headed off to find their spots and explore the site. The tide was low again and a low tide in Woodward’s Cove is a very low one, indeed. The entire harbour drains for several hours.




As usual, some of us found lunch off-site and others had a picnic on the spot.


Time flies when you’re immersed in a creative pursuit. Before we knew it, we got together for the daily critique. We see more watercolours every day but some very strong drawings enhanced the exhibition.



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4 Responses to “Grand Manan Island – Day Four!”

  1. Lois Says:

    Beautiful Art work, all Four Days and Beautiful Areas!!
    Great Teacher.,too..

  2. ErinHill Sketching Says:

    Really like the sketch technique in the dinghy one.
    I think you should think about bringing a group to Sydney. I’ll help you organize it. The tide doesn’t do that in our Harbour. XXE

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