Thursday, September 1, 2011

Portrait of My Dog and Hurricane Photos

For the longest time my family has been asking me to draw a portrait of our beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Bandit. Seeing that Bandit is the spoiled baby of the family I have oodles of photos of him but not a single photo has inspired me to draw him, I keep pondering. However, earlier this summer, I took a close up head shot of Bandit with his fur blowing in the wind and decided I would start a small 8x10" portrait and just have some fun with it. The surface I'm using is Ampersand Pastelbord.
I've included some photos I took immediately following "Tropical Storm" Irene which was thankfully downgraded from a hurricane 1 category. We lost power for 26 hours between Sunday and Monday but there are still many areas in our town and nearby towns that still don't have power and may not have it until after this weekend. The above photo is a tree that fell into a field at the end of our street. The funny part is that this big heavy tree is merely resting on the stone wall which is still completely intact.
This is the dock a little way down the street from us. As the hurricane passed, the danger became the dangerously high "moon" tide and what damage it would cause. Water is almost to the top of the dock and usually about 5 or 6 feet of supports show, the water has also covered the beach and come up into the grassy area. Incidentally, movie scenes were filmed on this dock back in May, its titled "Moonrise Kingdom" and actors include Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. I saw all the traffic and security and had no idea at the time that Bruce Willis was right down the street.

These two photos are of Sandy Point Beach on the Sakonnet River. We rarely see waves, Sandy Point is a very calm, sheltered beach so this was exciting to see. Again, due to the high tides, the sand on the beach is completely covered. I like the atmosphere, the deep grays and the strength of the waves in both of these photos. Future colored pencil piece? Maybe!


sue said...

The exuberance is showing through already Kendra. I think pictures undertaken 'just for fun' usually turn out best - no stresses about pleasing anybody but yourself etc! Look forward to seeing more of Bandit.

Great pictures of your neighbourhood. It looks like a beautiful part of the world and I'm glad Irene didn't cause too much harm.

Kathy said...

Looking forward to seeing the 'fun' finish to Bandit - he's a cutie! Love the photos of the river - I never would have guessed it was a river with that surf! I can definitely see this as a future cp piece, if only for capturing the atmosphere.

Teresa Mallen said...

Fabulous job on Bandit! The river pictures of the waves and the grey sky are beautiful. The power of severe storms is always humbling.

Kendra said...

You're right Sue, I like being able to work on a piece just for fun and just for me! Kathy and Teresa, the storm was humbling & thankfully we fared ok.