Thursday, May 29, 2008

Taking a break

Perhaps it seemed I had dropped off the face of the earth. Well, I actually almost did just that. But we have now returned home to our mountains from a vacation at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Which is really only a spit of land hovering out there along the coast line.

Every time we travel to the coast I marvel at the amount of sky visible and a horizon that goes on and on. Here we can only catch a glimpse of sky with a horizon interrupted by the zig zag of mountains and an abundance of trees. At the coast, the openness of the sky is a welcome relief.
I did do a few sketches and drawings while away. Here are two from my new watercolor Moleskine. The top image of shells was done with Graphitints while the bottom image is a collage with a tourist map and watercolor. As I was doing these I was thinking of all the wonderful watercolors I see folks from the Everyday Matters group produce in their Moleskines, trying to channel some of their creative energy. Maybe I was too far away. These were fun just the same, so with a nod to all those inspiring EDMers I thought I'd share these here.

12 comments:

Spinneretta said...

Well I thinke they are all quite lovely :)

MaryO said...

We're going to the Outer Banks in August. I hope I get some lovely sketching done there, as you did!

Rose Welty said...

Very nice Ann, hope it was a good break.

Andres said...

Looks like your trip was more relaxing than mine. I like the collage piece. Neat combination of the map, the walk to the shore (with good colors) and the shells. The compass rose is a cool accent.
andres

Luba said...

Lovely! and welcome back!

Jennifer Lawson said...

Very nice. I really like the way you used of the map.

Margaret Ann said...

A beautiful collection of memories...the inclusion of the map is a wonderful touch! :)

Mitzi Ferguson said...

your collage is VERY cool!!!!

seesue said...

Love your use of the map! Think that I will have to use your idea for an upcoming hike across the top of Vancouver Island. I can have the days worth of map run along the top of the page with a small space for drawing little bits of the beach along the bottom. There's never much time for sketching when you're hiking 5-9 hrs each day anyway. Carolina is on my 'must see' agenda one day, thanks for the glimpse.

Alan said...

Nice work Ann. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and the kind comments!

genxsters said...

Oh Ann, I really like how those Graphitints look. The collage is very cool. Glad you had a nice break.

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