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Ocracoke Island Sand Dunes

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Ocracoke Island Sand Dunes

Ocracoke sand dunes watercolor painting.

Miniature 4″ x 6″

Happy Spring Everyone!

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Watercolor painting of the nearby sand dunes on Hatteras Island as well as Ocracoke Island.




Was having a phone chat with one of my friends on the Island a few days back..They had had a nice, but cold day…Not news, I hate to tell ya.

So about this painting…I’m really not happy with is as I am not with so many of my ocean type paintings. I have a few I like but this one is not at the top of the list. None the less, it was my first try at painting the ocean with digital painting.

Peace at the End of the Island

Haven’t even had what I would call a winter yet, and am already pondering the Island life. I think that’s because of all the holidays that kept me hopping for that last several weeks…Make that months. On Hatteras Island when I take the ferry over to Ocracoke Island, I always seem to look over to my right and watch Cape Hatteras Island as it come to the end, known as, “South Point.” before we enter Hatteras Inlet (the body of water where the ocean and sound meet.) I don’t know, it’s just so relaxing for me to watch that. Having had this on my mind it just came together for me as I created my painting as the New Year rang in.

The above artwork is a Digital Painting

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Anyone that is familiar with my charcoal drawing knows I have always enjoyed drawing lighthouses, but thought it was time to paint one. This watercolor painting is of the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. This is a small island off  the Hatteras Island that can be reached by taking a ferry. I have, in the past drew 2 Ocracoke Lighthouses that can be viewed here, and here.

Watercolors on 140 lb. watercolor paper.

About the Ocracoke Lighthouse

Window’s Peek

P_Window's Peek

Window’s Peek

Charcoal Drawing

As a charcoal artist I was inspired by the Ocracoke Lighthouse to draw it’s window.

Using the “The Cotton Cloth Technique,”,  I worked it up the window in layers.

The highlights around the window were lifted out with a Knead Eraser.

Trees outside the  window was applied last using graphite’s, as well as for the  glass reflection.

© 2009

Morning Graze

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Morning Graze

Silhouetted charcoal drawing of a horse created with charcoal pencil and charcoal dust using the cotton cloth technique

© 2009

A Bit of History

Most often referred to as Ocracoke ponies, Banker horses have been documented on Ocracoke since the 1730s, although many believe and some evidence supports the popular belief that the horses arrived much earlier with Spanish explorers during the 16th century. Throughout Ocracoke history these small, but sturdy horses have served the residents, the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard, and their descendents continue to capture the attention of visitors to the island.

In the past, the number of wild horses on Ocracoke reached as many as 300. During the late 1950s, Ocracoke Boy Scouts took care of the horses, having the nation’s only mounted troop. In 1957, when the highway was built, the horses were moved to pens to protect them from injury due to increased traffic and to preserve the small island’s natural resources. In the early 1960s the care of the horses was designated to the National Park Service.

Today, the aging Ocracoke herd is no longer wild, by any stretch of the imagination. The horses are fed twice a day and receive veterinary care. The population of the herd has dwindled to 17 horses due to natural causes and two stallions have been borrowed from Shackleford Banks to try to increase the number of horses.

If you are visiting Ocracoke Island, do stop by the Pony Pen to pay a visit to these deserving descendants of the Outer Banks icons of the past, although do not expect to see horses that appear to running free and wild. On most days, you will be able to see at least a few horses from the National Park Service viewing platform, which is located on the sound side of Route 12 between Ocracoke Village and the Cape Hatteras Ferry.


Ocracoke Island Lighthouse at Sunset

P_Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse at Sunset

Charcoal Drawing

Ocracoke is a small island,  and it part of Outer Banks, North Carolina.

The population is small, but gets many tourist throughout the year, particularly in the summer with many visitor enjoying the Ocaracke lighthouse.


My drawing was created with vine and willow charcoal, and charcoal pencils.

© 2008

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