Keep off the Dunes

Once again at Harding’s Beach in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod. While Lisa went for a walk, I did a quick sketch at the end of the parking lot of this sign and surrounding dunes with beach grass. Pilot Falcon Fountain pen with Noodlers bulletproof black ink in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2017-03-25 Keep off the Dunes

Beach Find

Walking on Harding Beach in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod, I came across a Horseshoe Crab washed up on shore. Horseshoe Crabs are invertebrates, meaning that they lack a spine and they live primarily in and around shallow ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. The entire body of the horseshoe crab is protected by a hard carapace. Behind its legs, the horseshoe crab has book gills, which exchange respiratory gases, and are also occasionally used for swimming. As in other arthropods, a true endoskeleton is absent, but the body does have an endoskeletal structure made up of cartilaginous plates that support the book gills. They are more often found on the ocean floor searching for worms and mollusks, which are their main food. They may also feed on crustaceans and even small fish. Pilot Falcon Fountain Pen with Noodlers Bulletproof Black ink in a Stillman and Birn Beta Sketchbook.

2017-03-19 Horseshoe Crab

Beach Cottage Study

This is a quick pencil study of a beach cottage at the access to Ballston Beach in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ballston Beach lies at the end of the winding, residential Pamet Road, backed by the golden hills that inspired Truro artist Edward Hopper. The lighting and colors were beautiful and I can see why Hopper and so many other artists are inspired by the Cape. Koh-I-Noor 4B solid graphite pencil in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.
2016-03-25 Ballston Beach

Nauset Beach Fence

A beautiful drive today on to Cape Cod. It is a perfect winter day, 40 degrees and plenty of sunshine. This fence and beach grass are on the path from the parking area to the beach across the dune. The colors were wonderful in the low angle late day sun. I decided to sketch in pen and ink in that the wispy grasses are very difficult to capture quickly in watercolor. Faber Castell Pitt pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-01-02 Nauset Beach Fence