I’m not sure if I should credit the reference photos for my drawings. They aren’t tracings or blowups from the originals, but attempts to catch the feel and the flow. If I did try, and, oh, I do, to render… wait, let me look that up. Does one render? There’s ‘Render unto Caesar,’ often misinterpreted, according to the various references on my search engine, as some justification for following ridiculous leaders. Then there’s…
Oh. Yes, there’s render as extracting by a melting-down process, as in rendering metals or, um, fat; and, in the surprisingly varied definitions of the word, there is also ‘rendition,’ as in ‘extraordinary rendition,’ a phrase created and designed to, if not outright justify it, make sending some prisoner to some harsh place to be ‘interrogated’ seem kind of all right and/or legal.
There’s also a noun, render being the first coat of plaster applied to a brick or stone surface. I hadn’t heard this, and, so, looked it up. Scratch coat, brown coat, white (or finish) coat, according (giving references) to Bob Vila.com.
So, apologizing for taking this side road; but, all right; referencing a photograph of Jock Sutherland cranking one off the bottom switch-foot at Sunset Beach (or is he switch-foot at Pipeline), here is my, hmm, hmm, rendering; scratched on a piece of paper. Card stock to be more precise.
I have done a color version, way too much color, but have to get it reduced to fit on my scanner. Rendered scanner-ready, perhaps. I won’t get into it.
Meanwhile, hope you’re getting some mountain snow activity in. Evidently there are few if any secret established ski spots in the Cascades, and one must purchase a lift ticket well before arriving. Too many skiers and snowboarders. Evidently.
Meanwhile, before I get back to trying to finish (as in get to ‘the end’) of “Swamis,” the novel, I should mention some of my illustrations that Oceanna and Stephen have been so kind to allow me to display (hopefully sell) at THE CELLAR DOOR, downtown Port Townsend: