Off Martha's Vineyard
I’ve been told that this thirty square mile area south of Martha’s Vineyard is filled with fine-grained sand and that there was a time when depth of the water column was measured by throwing down lead lines and bringing them up to deck — this sandy mud signaled mariners that they were close to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
This material is challenging to apply and I can’t brush it on. A thick even coating of it isn’t visually appealing to me so I dip leather-hard clay into it and wipe it off, usually in stripes. I need to move quickly because the flowing quality of the wet mud changes to a crumbly quality.