We spent a week at Oak Island, North Carolina, this month (yes, the same Oak Island that has seen more than its share of shark attacks this year!) and I did a little bit of sketching while I was there. Here's my favorite page...
|9" x 12", watercolor, Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook|
It shows the views in every direction from the beach in front of our condo. That's me and my husband, Fred, sitting in our ancient beach chairs, vegging out with a book (me) and taking a nap (Fred). I painted the top three sketches and sketched the lettering in pencil while I was at the beach, sitting peacefully in the shade under our beach umbrella, with a soft breeze blowing and waves breaking on the shore.
But then a fly bit me on the leg, my sketchbook and supplies flipped up in the air, paint water spilled all over my sketchbook, and both of my brushes tumbled into the sand. (That's my version of a Beach Flip!) That was the end of my sketching for the day. I decided it was time to pack up my stuff and go for a swim (keeping a close eye out for sharks!)
I finished the fourth sketch (the northern view) later at home in my studio, painting from a picture I had snapped that day at the beach. I painted the lettering, added a simple border, and it was done.
This has been a beachy summer for me. From Maine to southern California to North Carolina, I've enjoyed the special peace and happiness that comes from being near the ocean. Walking on the beach, wiggling my toes in the sand, sitting and watching the waves roll in.....at the beach there are no timetables, no expectations, no "shoulds". The only requirement is to be there...to be mentally present and take it all in. It's good for the soul.
|8" x 5", Derwent Inktense pencils, Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook|
"The sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever."