Monday, September 10, 2012

75 Day Sketch Challenge: Days 69-70

A few more sketches from Oak Island, NC...

From my bedroom on the second floor of our rental house, I had a great view of the beach on the northern side of the island. Families and fishermen seemed to love the calmer waters of the river there, and provided me with endless drawing possibilities as they swam, floated, walked, ran, sat, and paddled all day long.

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", ink and watercolor

So, taking a break from the hot midday sun, I contentedly sat and sketched one tiny figure after another until the page was full.

These spindly plants caught my eye one day as I walked through the dunes, heading back to the house for lunch after a morning on the beach. The striking shadows looked almost black against the sand. Even though I was starving, I stopped to do a quick line drawing. I didn't have a chance to paint it until much later, when we were back home in Pennsylvania.

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", ink and watercolor

I enjoy working on vacation sketches after the fact. Looking at the photos and adding watercolor to the drawing takes me back. I can almost smell the salty air and feel the hot sand underfoot.


  1. I know what you mean. I just gave a travel/journal talk to a group of artists & I loved getting back into some of the old moments & stories. Extending the experience, never mind intensifying it. Your people are charming. Wayne Thiebault says that all images in paintings are caricatures, meaning they're all interpretations. the video is great, take a listen. Do you know Elisha Cooper's Off the Road & A Year in NY? I think you'll see why I mention them...

  2. PS Thanks for your comment & visit to my Blog. Again, I know what you mean about looseness with color...

  3. I just spent an hour looking at all of Elisha Cooper's books. Thanks for introducing me to him. His beach people look so much like mine! Love the animal books, and "Crawl". I'd love to read them all.


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