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June 30, 2017

Sydney and the Swan Float

We spent 5 days at the beach with our family, and even though we took our usual early morning beach walks, the rest of the days were busy with the family - and especially with the 8 children in the pool.  I still wanted at least one drawing in my summer sketchbook from this important weekend, and decided to commemorate the favorite pool activity - riding the swan. There was always one or two children climbing on or off. This is our grand daughter Sydney - drawn and painted from a photo I took.


June 20, 2017

Annual Family Beach Weekend

We just returned from our Family Weekend at the Beach.  We had a wonderful time with our 3 children, their spouses, and all 8 grandchildren.  Although my husband and I took our regular beach walks, one morning with our oldest grandson Henry, I never seemed to get around to sketching.  But we did get photos - one of the most difficult things with our big group.

Our 3 children - Jason, Rachel, and Noah - parents of all 8 grandchildren.  


Barry and I (celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary) and all 8 grandchildren - ages 4-14: 


Left to Right: Robbie, Callum, William on my lap, Annabelle, Barry, Zachary, Henry, and Charlie on Sydney's lap. 


June 9, 2017

More Beach Sketchbook Pages

This was our 9th annual beach vacation with two couples that we've known FOREVER.  We go for early morning 2 mile beach walks, stop for coffee and breakfast on the ride back to the house, and then just relax and cook during most of the days.  We read LOTS!  And discuss children, grandchildren, politics, and memories as we struggle to recall events in the past, which then means someone googles the information. 

We ate another dinner at a local Sports Bar/Restaurant and I mixed together things I could see from my seat for this drawing.



There are many deer seen in the area, and even deer jumping on the dunes at the beach.  Two mornings, around 6-7AM, I saw a reasonable size doe eating her way across my daughter's row of bushes.  She reached as high as should could, so there are many low branches that have no leaves and still green tops. 


June 6, 2017

At The Beach

We haven't had such rainy/cloudy weather at the beach during this week in June for many years.  But we are still walking 2 miles on the beach in the morning, but then go indoors to the Citarella Café for Coffee and breakfast.  This is my ongoing breakfast menu over several days.



I found a channel whelk on the beach one morning and just had to paint both the front and back sides of the shell.  I also found Common Whelk egg cases - a new mystery for me to solve. 


The dunes are covered with blooming Beach Peas and I stopped to draw a few small flowers.


June 2, 2017

Long Island Beach Vacation 2017

We are at the beach for our annual June vacation - lots of early morning beach walks, visiting with friends, relaxing, and eating.  The first two days were foggy for our early morning walk on Cooper's Beach, today we had glorious sun and 54 degrees!


I love walking on the beach - watching the ocean, listening to the surf, studying the flight of the sea gulls, collecting shells, and learning about marine biology from the washed up specimens.  I collected the commonly found mid-Atlantic shells since we arrived and painted each of them in my summer travel sketchbook.



This morning I found a large whelk shell and a faux angel wing - both more uncommon on the beaches here.  I washed both shells and will allow them to dry before I paint them for my next blog post. 

I have a category on the blog that includes all of the previous sketchbook paintings from the beach - shells, and several big mysteries that it took us a while to solve.  I was also amazed at the photos of our grandchildren through the years! 



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