Last Monday we went out to sketch in the vicinity of the Yacht club. I found a comfortable spot on a bench in the shade of a large cedar tree with a view of the end of the parking lot from where I look down on some anchors that were displayed in the shade of two dumpsters. I ignored the portable toilet in the background as it was not well placed to include it in this “still life” setting.
I always use a viewfinder to fit the scene on my page and go from there. A dull subject? Sure, but once you get started with measuring, drawing and making decisions along the way, it becomes interesting enough that you want to finish it. During the one hour that it took to do this, the light and the shadow shapes keep changing significantly which adds to the excitement of the sketching process.