Sometimes I walk down the hill to Tramp Harbor Beach, through the little community of Ellisport and on down to KVI beach. I cross the bridge where the children and I sometimes play "Pooh sticks". We throw sticks into the fast running current and rush to the other side to see whose stick comes out first. The pool drained by the current is dry at low tide; killdeer skitter across the mud. When the tide is in, Mallards swim there.
One day when I got home, I sketched the my favorite memories of the day.
I'm doing a long overdue studio cleaning and organization and found some pretty cool stuff in old sketch books! I found spot sketches of people in the coffee shop, the store, or where-ever, little water colors of trees or beach, doodles from waiting in lines or riding the ferry. There are Zentangles (patterned doodles), Life Drawings (people who actually posed), and thumbnails for work I might do.
And especially exciting--
Travel sketches from Thialand, Indonesia, Laos, and China
Sketches from sailing in the San Juans and Gulf Islands
Some of these things I plan to work up into a book or three, especially the travel and sailing sketches. In the meantime, while I am sorting through things, would you like a peek into what I am finding?
This is from one of the sketch books I took sailing with me. This Madrona was painted from the deck of our sailboat Sea Change, anchored in our favorite spot in James Bay, Canadian Gulf Islands.
Sea Change is a 32' Pearson Vanguard sloop that Bob and I owned in partnership with friends.
The sketch inspired two paintings on silk; one I gave to my boat partners. This is the one I kept.
I am excited about what I am finding and would like to share some sketches with you. While I'm calling this project "Sketch a Day", I actually plan on sending a sketch 3 x a week, with a little story/explanation about the sketch. If you would like to receive a sketch 3x a week.
Inspired by the places where land meets water, and by stories.