DAY #206 – CAROL JEAN – THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

#206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

Yesterday’s post was about sketching and transferring my pencil sketch to 140 LB Cold Press Paper.

Today is about my trusty SAKURA black ink pen.  It is water proof which is what one needs for watercolors and delivers a nice clean line to a drawing.

I created a pen contour drawing and added in all the relevant background details.  The ferry will be departing from Old Harbor, Block Island and will match the other buildings I am drawing/painting of the harbor.

#178 - View From Old Harbor Block Island #188- BLOCK ISLAND STAR DEPARTMENT STORE (1) #206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY

Many, many days ago, actually 157 days ago, I did a quick sketch of the Block Island ferry departing from Narragansett.  Post # 49 – OLD BLOCK ISLAND IS A CALLIN’ #49 -OLD BLOCK ISLAND IS A CALLIN'

The gist of the post was that to many of us, the ferry represents excitement & anticipation.  It is this magical vehicle that will take you from everyday life to an oasis, a paradise, a vacation!

On the flip side, when you are on the island, the ferry is the vehicle that will take you home.  Boo Hoo.

#206 - CAROL JEAN -THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRy (2)

We usually vacation with my friend Jesse’s family and they started a tradition in which, no matter what you are doing on the island, you must show up to the ferry to say farewell to whoever we know, that is departing.

Sometimes there are 15-20 of us on the island.  Everyone has different departures.  We all meet up, stand together and wave to the poor soul leaving before us.  It’s a kind gesture to those leaving the party.  My friend Jesse always makes sure he get’s the last ferry out.  He wants to be the waver, not the one departing.  He probably owns the most departure photographs.  All of us waving our hearts out as the ferry blows its large smoke stack and heads out to sea. I may have witnessed a tear or two in my day.

So even though I must take Dramamine, otherwise I’d gag, the ferry does hold a very special place in my heart.

It’s a beautiful symbol.  One I hold dearly.

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