|Sea, Sun and Sand, watrecolor sketch on Arches travel book|
I spent the last week at a beach resort in Mexico, escaping from the knee-high snow, traffic chaos and the chores at the office. I made a point of doing at least a couple of sketches every day. I tried choosing simple subjects or simplifying the scenery. Though the sketches often didn't turn out the way I wanted, there was something good in almost every one of them and I felt that I was learning about the different subjects. The whole point of sketching is sketching itself, not producing masterpieces. The little Arches travel book (25 x 15 cm) proved a perfect size to carry around, with quality paper allowing to paint on both sides of each sheet.
One thing really surprised me - how humid it was there and how different it was to paint in such conditions. So far I have been wondering how fast some artists must be painting to be able to keep wet edges and do a good wet-on-dry technique. So, you people from the British isles, now I know what advantage you have with your humid climate too! :)
I'm posting a few of my sketches. More to come in the next post....
|Pueblo Rio at night|
This was the commercial part of the resort, with
picturesque buildings situated along a salt-water river
|Sketching people at the beach with watercolor only, no pencil, |
as people move and there's very little time to capture a pose
|A pelican by the sea |
On a sunny day the sea really has these intense colors