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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! 



June 20, 2016

My Sea Shell Obsession

We were back at the beach with our family this weekend, and on my early AM walk with my husband I found an Atlantic Deep Sea Scallop Shell, my 4th in 9 years!  And my husband almost stepped on it as we walked.  They are large and beautiful, deep orange red in color and very flat.  This is a happy me!



I collect shells as we take our 2 mile morning walks - and most are the common midatlantic shell varieties.  My grandchildren  all learned how to identify them, and I stash the really good ones on a shelf in my daughter's garage.  On Friday my grand daughter Sydney and I bought a large jar to save some of these shells and she placed each of them perfectly.



My newly found scallop shell went on the very top less than 24 hours later!!.  These are my two sketchbook pages for the weekend - the scallop shell and one of the planters around the pool. 



June 9, 2016

Beach Vacation - Post 3


We are almost at the end of our beach vacation with our friends, but will return with our family later this month.  And I continue to collect shells on our beach walks, and also sketched a beach scene and our bedroom for a little variety.


The item on the bottom right is an operculum, which moon snails use as a latch door over the opening in the shell.  The are almost translucent and have a beautiful structure.

I challenged myself to draw/paint a broken moon snail, but the internal structure is hard to paint to show the depth.


This was the view from the deck at the Café where we have coffee after our beach walk.



And after our beach walk, and during the heavy rain and wind, I sketched the bedroom we stay in at the beach.  It is primarily a happy memory page for me and a perspective challenge. 


June 6, 2016

Beach Vacation - 2nd post

We are at the beach on our 8th annual vacation with dear friends.  I pick up shells on our morning beach walk, but rarely see any that I haven't found and sketched previously over the years.  But that makes these trips more memorable!


I made a new case for my sunglasses using strip-piecing and old scraps from my fabric stash.  The analogous hot colors make me smile!


I love watching the seagulls and managed to get a photo of one right as it was beginning to take off in flight. 


We drove down to the beach on Sunday morning, but it was raining and likely to do so all day.  So we went for coffee at Citarellas and enjoyed the time talking to local residents.


All of these sketchbook pages were photographed, not scanned, accounting for the pale blue background colors.


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