I’m just back from 2 weeks holiday (vacation) at the beach. I went north to Port Macquarie for the first week and then headed south for the second. Port Macquarie is my go-to holiday destination so it was nice to return and catch up with some good friends while I was there. I had a lovely relaxed time – socialising, enjoying beautiful weather, walking along the beach, reading books about water/waves and clouds and doing a little sketching. I didn’t put any pressure on myself to do a lot of sketching but did manage to do a number of beach scenes each day.
As mentioned a few weeks ago – I pulled out my full watercolour pencil set in response to Lesson 1 of SketchingNow Foundations, which we are going through at the moment. I normally do my beach sketches in paint only but for a change I started using watercolour pencils as well.
All my sketches were done quickly (as usual!) and many of them were done sitting in the direct sun. I don’t like sketching in the sun – apart from the heat (even though it was only 24C the sun felt hot) there was a lot of glare and on a number of occasions I had to wear sunglasses (something I try to avoid when sketching).
Here is a collection of sketches from my first few days in Port. Note: I was using a A4 portrait format Moleskine so most of my sketches cross the gutter.
Next beach south – Nobbys beach and then a lovely lunch at Bandwagon (the nice cafe which replaced the wonderful tearoom – Tea and Treasures.)
This is a transitional sketch as I started using another tool in my kit – The Eradicator! I then used it for the rest of my beach sketches. But that needs a separate article… so stay tuned for Part 2.