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Beach Weekend Sketches

We spent a long weekend in Southampton - and I used one of my recycled books as a travel sketchbook.  There were gorgeous hydrangeas in bloom everywhere and I tried a quick painting of several blooms.


We love walking on the beach and quickly established a daily routine.  Each day we took a long walk on the beach, picking up shells as we went, followed by morning coffee on the covered patio at the Snack Shack.  Just as the beach was getting hot, we were able to move into the shady, cool ocean breeze. 

A quick painting of the beach from the Snack Shack:


Shells and a sea gull feather found on the beach during our walks:

Shells0.jpg                  Feather.jpg




I wanted to continue figure sketching practice, but didn't have any ready models on the beach the first two days - so I sketched from an ad in a Hamptons magazine.  We definitely didn't see her on our walk!


We walked into the Village during the afternoon and from an outdoor cafe I sketched the old Southampton Town Hall building which is now Saks Fifth Avenue.




i love your sunwashed colors. the shells are very nicely sketched and I love the Old Town Hall!

Your sketches from the beach are so peaceful. Looks like a great day. I like the way you handled the hydrangeas but I think the blue umbrellas are my favorite.

Wonderful, interesting sketches, Shirley. I'm always impressed with your building sketches with so much detail.

I just love your beach sketches. The shells are terrific, so much fun to find and draw. Makes me want to head to the beach!

these are just beautiful Shirley...makes me want to head to the beach NOW

What a fabulous collection of memories you have here...a real treasure..each and every one! :)

What an elegant group of holiday sketches. They all belong in a Hampton's magazine, Shirley. I particularly love the seagull feather for it's simplicity and beautiful, sure marks.

Lovely sketches! The shells are beautiful, and I think the one with the umbrellas is my fave too, but they're really all great!

What a great collection of sketches - lovely shells and very impressive town hall.

What lovely pieces! I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. You'll have beautiful vacation memories to pass down.

Oh I like those, they were worth the wait :) Looks like you had a great time!

These are just wonderful vacation sketches Shirley! So full of life and now memories.

I can feel the sun and taste the salt air! Your great sketches brought back fond memories from my own visits to the Hamptons. Thank you.

I gave you an award on my blog. You are a fantastic artist. In accepting the award, you are not obligated to continue with the nomination of others, but it is fun and encouraging all at the same time!

Wow Shirley - WOW , you were busy and prolific in your sketches - each one is a summer gem!!!

I love the sunwashed colour comment, it's so perfect! So many wonderful sketches! I love holidays and the freedom they gift us to create.

These are wonderful! So while I was communing with nature in the woods, you were warming your toes in soft sand? I love the sea shells especially and the hydrangeas ......well, what lovely things your hand laid on paper.

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