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Beach Vacation Sketchbook

We spent almost one week with our daughter and grandchildren at a summer rental in the Hamptons and I was able to complete my recycled book that I dedicated to summer vacation travel.  Selected pages will be uploaded over the next few days.

I loved the "Creative Matrix" idea in Dory Kanter's book Art Escapes and then decided to try it when Martha of Trumpetvine Travel posted hers as a calendar from her recent vacation in the woods.  Here is the first page of mine.


The house lawns were mowed the first afternoon we arrived, and I was shocked to see fully formed mushrooms, that were twice as tall as the grass, appear the very next day.  They were very delicate and disappeared completely by the following day.  I'd love to know the type of mushroom - research must be done.


My husband and I walked two miles on the beach early each morning and collected shells and other "treasures."  The road to the beach is on a narrow strip of land between the bay and the ocean and I loved a deserted, weathered, wood shell of a house that was up on stilts at the edge of the bay.  It was possible to look right through the windows and doors that were not boarded up.


We occasionally met someone on the beach walking their dogs, but except for them we shared the beach with the seagulls.  I read that there are 80 varieties of gulls and wondered about the three patterns of coloration of the gulls we saw.  Here is one of the gulls and the shadow that he cast on the sand in the bright sunlight.




What beautiful, simple, evocative sketches!

These are wonderful! I like that creative matrix too. I have same same book and now you have inspired me to try that on our next vacation :)

lovely house and mushrooms

those mushrooms are so cool! I love the shell of the house and your sea bird too. Way to go. It sounds like your trip was lovely and peaceful too.

Beautiful sketches - this is the kind of place I dream about, totally the contrary of where I live (hot, crowdy, touristic mediterranean coast - I love it too, but sometimes you just want to escape somewhere else...) Thanks for the beautiful escape!

I love the one of the house. The light you've captured just makes it look like summer, and you cant' believe how I'm longing for summer. The grid/matrix is great too. I have got Dory Kanter's book and I must remember to do one like that next time I go on holiday.

Great vacation sketches. I especially like your creative matrix. It looks like a wonderful way to remember those special days. I think I will have to try that.

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