a view at Stumpy Lake / charcoal and chalk

It was cool and sunny today with no big wind, so much nicer than yesterday for your plein air artist.

I tried to find a place in Portsmouth that was recommended to me but couldn’t find the right road so I came back to the beach and went on down to Stumpy. I walked off the path about 50 ft. towards the swamp and sat on a mossy root that was out of the muck a little and sketched. No one could see me. I wouldn’t go off the path except it’s been cold so I thought I’d be safer from things that bite.

The background trees were sunlit and the closer trees were mostly shaded. There was a little ice on the water. I stayed for over an hour to get this sketch. I might try to do a watercolor there some time while it’s still winter but I’d also like to go back to the bent tree and try again with pastels on a big paper.

I counted 4 great blue herons on my way out and an equal number of photographers. I bet Stumpy is popular with bird watchers.

5 thoughts on “a view at Stumpy Lake / charcoal and chalk”

      1. Hey Chris! Last year was full of so many personal changes I didn’t know if I was coming or going half the time! 🀣 All is fine though! I THINK I’m back….we’ll see if I’m settled enough yet! I hope You are well! A new laptop!!! How fun! I hope it’s one You thoroughly enjoy and have a blast hanging out with! Cheers, Huge hugs and Rock on!!! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ˜Š

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