Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More seaside sketches

Please excuse my scanner...it's only an el-cheapo and not brilliant at translating light watercolour washes. Anyway, here is an old lady well wrapped up against the stiff onshore breeze, enjoying an ice cream.

This young lady confused me for a couple of days. She seemed to have an infinite wardrobe of clothes which she changed regularly during the day! She had at least 3 swimming costumes and lots of pretty surfy 'threads'. On the second day I saw her change her clothes in an impossibly quick time. Mentioned it to my son and he looked at me very patiently. 'She's triplets, Mum.' He said. ..............Doh! And so she was.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A grand day out

Another from my sketches of seaside people.......this was a lovely group, obviously all good friends. They had parked right at the top of the beach carpark with a distant view of the sea, and just set up their chairs right in front of their car and as far as I could tell, never moved until they left in the late afternoon.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The art bag

Just a quick P.S. for those who wondered what kit I take out with me:

Through the veedub window?

Our holiday this year involved many trips to the beach at Widemouth, Cornwall, my favourite beach. For the first time we were travelling in Boris, our elderly VW camper, which became our mobile beach hut and shelter from the wind and occasional rainy squall. This year I was determined to take my sketch equipment and actually USE it, as although I draw for a living I have to work in a tight, descriptive style for the most part and I've been feeling the need to loosen up a bit, at least for me if not my clients.
I started off trying to sketch the cliff scenery at Widemouth (pronounced widdmuth) Bay and soon ran into difficulties. It's been so long since I tried anything like this I'd lost my 'formula' for laying in the washes and getting the effect I wanted. My efforts were muddied and blurred. I was gutted. How could I not do this? My confidence plummeted. I sat morose in the van. Then I started to watch the people around me. Families loading up ready for the beach, teetering piles of chairs, bodyboards, buckets and spades, some people sitting quietly reading, some coming back from a swim damp, sandy and happy. And almost without thought I reached for my sketchbook. Here are the results......I'll post some every day so do return. I'll have a go at those wretched landscapes soon as well...I know they're inside me kicking the door down.

A distant figure carries his surfboard on his head. They're bloomin' heavy, too!

I was immediately attracted by this lady's lovely green swimming costume and matching green bodyboard.
This young man stood for ages at the clifftop watching the surfers below.

I loved the darkness of the silhouette against the bright stripes of the windbreak.

More tomorrow!