Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sketchbook Tuesday - It's Wednesday, I know

I was all set to post yesterday only to find that a glitch with blogger was preventing me from signing in. So my planned posts for this week are a little backed up, but there it is.

We spent last week at Edisto Island, SC, our favorite get-away. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. We had fun playing on the beach, wonderful meals, and the company of a good friend. And we all enjoyed spending some time with our art. Above is a sketch of a few found shells, in my handmade sketch journal.
The screened porch was my favorite sketching spot at our little rental cottage. Every morning we were visited by a pair of bluebirds that would sit happily singing on the utility wire that ran in front of the cottage, in perfect view of the screened porch. I imagined that was a good omen for our stay.
 We spent one afternoon on the sound side of the island with our watercolor gear. I took my small watercolor kit and a few watercolor postcards instead of my sketch book. It was a good thing too. The wind was very strong, blowing sand onto everything, sticking in the paint and on the paper. I did this quick little sketch with an indigo colored pencil filled in with a watercolor wash.
 And I couldn't leave Edisto without sketching a palm tree. Along with the huge live oaks decorated with Spanish moss, the palmettos are a part of the charm that is Edisto.

12 comments:

freebird said...

Love all of these. Nice sense of depth in the ocean/cloud picture.

Jennifer Rose said...

love that palm tree :D the colours are wonderful

Dale. Australia said...

Aah! I can smell the salt air. Lovely work, particularly like the shells.

Caatje said...

wonderful sketches and I just love the photo of the table you were working on. something about a journal surrounded by art supplies just makes me so happy ;-)

marancat said...

Lovely sketches - especially the shells!

Louise said...

These are lovely! I like the photo of the sketchbook too...getting to see the location of the process adds something extra. Great, great, great :)

Saint Ursula said...

Love the drawing of the shells! And what a great place to be able to sit and draw - I'm very jealous of the workspace and light.

nanke's stuff said...

What a lovely spot for a retreat! Your sketches are wonderful, and it was fun to see the photo, too! nancy

Alex said...

They are so beautiful Ann! =) I can't wait to be on a vacation....soon

Cathy Holtom said...

Beautiful sketches, wish I was there too!

Krista Meister said...

Oh, Ann, how I've missed your blog!!! Your sketches are lovely and it looks like you had a wonderful time on vacation! I think its neat that you go to the same place each year - it must be very rejuvenating for you and your family.

AutumnLeaves said...

Hunh; thought I commented on this post. At any rate, these are gorgeous pages, Ann. You and Wendy Shortland have me to the point that I created a cover for a sketch book that I want to be full of nice sketches such as these. My other sketchbooks have both sketches and doodles in them. I can only dream of having even one page half as beautiful as your work!

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