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June 9, 2015

Beach Sketchbook - Part 2

We are still at the beach, for the 7th annual beach visit with two other couples.  Our husbands met in 1965, so they are friends of 50 years!  We love early morning beach walks on these wonderful wide, and almost empty beaches (at that hour).  Two of us collect all sorts of things on the beach and we regularly see types of shells, and unknown marine life washed up which generates lots of questions and Google image searches.  Sometimes my friend Sara and I sketch at the beach.  Other times we wait until we're home and paint the landscape.  Here are two beach photos that I love and my 2 most recent landscape "at-home" sketchbook pages.

 

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View From the Sunroom:

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View at the End of the Pool: 

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June 5, 2015

Vacation at the Beach

 

These are two of the sketchbook pages that I did since our arrival at the beach. 

We have many little rabbits and one Mom running around the backyard.  I collect shells on the beach, but never saw a sand dollar before today.  Over the years I've taken many photos of the gulls for sketches, but today my friend gave me this great photo that she took for my drawing.

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August 5, 2014

Last Beach Week of the Summer

We were back at the beach for the last time this summer.  Three of our grandchildren just returned from sleep-away camp and we gathered to celebrate their return.  This bunny was sitting in the yard, eating in the grass, and I only had my camera in hand.  I took several photos without breathing or moving and did this sketchbook page.

 

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Dinner with our daughter, her husband, and their 3 children at LT Burger in Sag Harbor.  These gumball machines were hard to resist. 

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Our oldest grandchild, 11 year old Henry, went on our 2 mile early morning beach walk again this year.  He is delightful because he has a natural curiosity about everything we see.

 

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He loved watching the waves roll in and generate foam.

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And spent time with me examining and photographing a dead spider crab.  We saw the poor crab again today and it really did have 8 legs and two claws at one time. 

 

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A battered 4 leaf clover and one of the variant hydrangeas at our daughter's house.

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July 9, 2014

A Hydrangea and a Row of Sea Gulls

We finally came back to New York City yesterday, after a wonderful weekend with our family at the beach.  The beach was sunny and cool with wonderful breezes and NYC was humid and in the 90s.

The first class of Sketchbook Skool Semester 2 was downloaded on July 4th and our whole family was housebound most of the day by torrential rains.  This is my homework assignment #2, which Danny Gregory calls "Fast and Slow."  You choose a complex object to draw and quickly paint the main shapes.  Then you study the object and slowly make a pen drawing - with all of the complexities - over the painted shapes. 

I wanted to paint a hydrangea bloom because they were blooming all around the house, so I quickly painted the cup shape with blue, the leaf shapes with a medium green, and the hydrangea bloom wet-in-wet by first brushing the area with clear water and then dropping in alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue.

I was actually pleased with the painting of the big shapes, so when I slowly drew the cup, leaves, and hydrangea petals, I didn't deviate much at all from the painted shapes.  I did however need to darken the leaves and add the dots in the center of each petal (Signo white pen).  I then painted the background. 

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We always take 2 mile early morning walks on the beach and one morning the sea gulls continued to sit in a line as I slowly walked up with my camera.  I've read that the brown speckled birds are the young Herring gulls - and there was a great assortment in this line-up. I loved painting all of the colorations 

If anyone would like to paint these gulls from a hi-res photo, just leave me a request in the comments and I'll email you a copy.   Your email address is automatically seen only by me when you leave a comment, so it will be on its way to you quickly.

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July 6, 2014

Holiday Weekend

We are at the beach with our children and grandchildren - except for the 3 who are at sleep-away camp.  I spent more time organizing drawing and painting for them than I did working in my own sketchbook.  This is Zachary and Annabelle who were painting shells that Annabelle found on the beach with me in the early morning.

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I finished painting the group of birds that we saw at our friends' birdfeeder in Martha's Vineyard at the end of June.

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And I painted one very long sea gull feather that we found on a beach walk in the mist and fog. 

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We are going home tomorrow and then I need to do some catching up! 

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