Motif in the rainPosted: June 24, 2013
I don’t usually paste things into my sketchbooks to remind me of what I did on a particular day but I love how the raindrops played a part in my memory of sketching this scene. It was really the only rainy afternoon I had during my week in Rockport. The rain started moments after I set out to sketch so I found a sheltered spot with a great view of the harbour and the back of the iconic Motif No. I. Even though I was under an awning, the wind drove the rain onto the still damp washes in my sketchbook. There was also a memorable moment when a waiter, on a break from a restaurant nearby, took shelter in the same spot. I can confirm my theory that as sketchers we are often invisible to others as we work because he then proceeded to make a very intimate phone call to his girlfriend within earshot of my chair and finished his break by smoking two cigarettes in quick succession and flicking the butts into the harbour.