Thursday, May 20, 2010

More sketches from the beach

Here are a few more sketches from our week at the beach. Our friend and traveling companion is an architect who is also an avid watercolor artist and photographer. Often on our trips a painting challenge will emerge where he and The Professor paint the same subject. This time we were inspired by an onion found in the local Piggly Wiggly. It is fun shopping with another artist who delights in the visual qualities of produce as much as I do. So when we came home from the grocery with this onion only because we thought it was beautiful, it became the painting challenge for this trip.
I wish I could show you Ken's artwork, but he doesn't have a website or blog - yet. I'm working on that. So you will just have to take my word for how wonderful his watercolor paintings are, and being an architect,  you can probably imagine just how well he draws buildings. Even enjoys the challenges of perspective and gets those lines down effortlessly. Not me. Here is my feeble attempt of the view from the deck of our rental beach cottage.
And finally, late one evening I just felt like painting something, even though I was tired from a day of playing (keeping the dogs under control) on the beach and hiking around Botany Bay. (Lots of inspiration for future works there!) So I did a few quick watercolor sketches of drift wood and a sponge-like thing found on the beach. Just watercolor, no drawing. In this case it was far easier for me to go at these objects with a brush than to mess around getting a drawing down first. Some days are like that.

19 comments:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Wonderful, Ann...I like that last one, a LOT. And oh, yes, aren't onions lovely? Yours is just luminous...

Laure Ferlita said...

Love the beautiful colors in your onion! As Kate says, it's luminous!

I also like the studies of your beach "finds!"

Krista said...

Great sketches, Ann! Had to laugh at the onion story. Do you wonder the reaction of the store clerk if you'd said you were buying it just to paint? Those crazy artists!!! :)

Glad you had a great trip and had time for art there too.

lyn said...

Nice drawings, great blog! Thanks for the comment on the 100 dogs & cats?
Continued success!

Teresa said...

I really like the variety of colors in the onion.... gives it life and freshness.

Re: painting without drawing first.... rather freeing isn't it? :-)

seesue said...

Love the colours in your onion. Great stuff!

AutumnLeaves said...

Ann, your efforts are anything but feeble! I've seen a portrait of Ken that Gary did and it was fabulous! I'm off to see if Gary has posted anything new. The two of you have the market cornered on talent!

Alex said...

Breathtaking! And I really love seeing these objects drawn from your perspective, especially how you shaded them and dropped the shadows. They really ROCKED!

Linisha said...

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!!

raena said...

Oh, to have friends that are artists too!! Lucky you! Sounds like you had a terrific little vacation. I love the onion and the driftwood! And I hope Ken starts a blog so we can see his work too!

Johanna said...

The onion is great, and i like the last painting very much. I am impressed that you could do it without drawing, very nice!

Anna Wolf said...

Lovely drawings! I like the variation of having a full view and add some detail drawings!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Hey, you were real close! Only about an hour away. I've not been to Botany Bay yet but hear such wonderful things about it. Lovely sketches.
The onion is beautiful!

debra morris said...

Love the onion!

Deborah said...

Oh Ann, this post makes me even more excited about our beach trip planned for the end of June. I hope to have sketches to share too. The onion is fantastic!

nanke's stuff said...

As always, it's a treat to see what you've been doing. "Luminous" is the perfect word to describe your onion, the view from the deck is not "feeble", and the driftwood pieces are most interesting. I like that you did those bits without drawing first. Well done, all! nancy

ffyrebird.com said...

Absolutely wonderful work! I love the colors in the onion and the sketch from the deck is anything but feeble. The depth in the driftwood and beach finds is wonderful.

Peachtreeart said...

The onion is quite simply beautiful as is all off your work...I'm quite envious!

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