Here’s a map I did for my portfolio…..Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to go. It has a small town charm and the added bonus of wild ponies. It was featured many years ago, in the story “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry. She wrote several books featuring Misty and this charming island. Misty is a big part of the island’s mystique.
I grew up reading the stories and back before the internet, the only way you could see these sort of places were to go there or view them through the eyes of a photographer or illustrator. I viewed Chincoteague through the illustrations of Wesley Dennis. The first time I saw Chincoteague and Assateague in person (the undeveloped barrier island to Chincoteague), I felt like I’ve always known the place.
Chincoteague will always have a spot in my heart and although I have only visited and painted there, I feel that it is a part of me and who I am.
Sometimes people ask where I get my inspiration. I do some brainstorming and I jot down lots of ideas but they don’t always turn into anything. Then there are the ideas that are there, right in front of me.
This kitty is one of those spur of the moment ideas. John and I went to the beach this evening. I brought some premade kitties to embellish; I brought books and magazines, so I was prepared for whatever I felt like doing. I am currently reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” I try to make time for a bit of recreational reading and I was hoping to indulge in reading my book.
I was working on one of my premade kitties and I looked up and the lightbulb came on. At first, I didn’t pay the fishing rod much attention except to see if the guy it belonged to caught a fish. He wasn’t having much luck. I was finishing my kitty when I glanced up again and saw the beautiful sky behind it with the Belt of Venus so I whipped out my watercolors and a blank postcard and did this little sketch of kitty fishing.
A few years ago I took a year long class with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple, called Year of the Spark. One of the assignments was automatic writing in little booklets that we made just for the purpose of writing in them. I have done a bunch of them and occasionally I use them as fodder for projects such as the one below….
I had to take 8 pages of writing and boil it down into what I have written on the little poster below. One of my favorite beach creatures are the ghost crabs and I have been wanting to do projects to include them. I hope you enjoy my little crab project.
The temperature is finally in the low ’80’s, it’s the weekend and there is no wind so everyone seems to be going to the beach today. I love Florida, up North everyone is still celebrating St Patty’s Day (it appears to be a month long celebration on Long Island, another reason to abandon ship in March) in Florida, people head outdoors. Gotta Love Florida!
There was this awesome truck on the beach that I had to sketch. I was trying a few things out here, a new sketchbook, a Leuchtturm1917, my watercolor pencils and watercolor and how different media performs in the Leuchtturm1917. This is the first sketch in the Leuchtturm1917, which was given out at the Urban Sketcher Symposium in Chicago. I like the pink cover😎.
Taking a break from Zombie dolls to do this post….
I was honored to be asked to paint during the Dia de los Muertos Celebration, a fundraiser for our local historical cemetery. I frequently sketch and paint at the Lakeview Cemetery, so I was more than happy to donate my time and a painting for a good cause.
The morning of the event, John and I went out Fire Island so I could take a sunrise photo of the lighthouse.
I took several photos and decided on this one. The next step was to sketch several thumbnails, cropping the photo to determine the best view to paint.
After I picked my favorite, I sketched the image on the pastelbord so that once I set up at the event, all I had to do was to start painting.
And here is the painting before it went home to it’s new owner:
I have lots of beach sketches that were done in Florida. I used a pen that was water soluable and a water brush, sometimes things didn’t come out as planned but that’s why we call them Happy Accidents.
Good morning! It is the first day of summer and to celebrate, I did a quick sketch in my Morning Pages to celebrate the day. I like the beach best in the evenings after everyone else has run off to shower and eat dinner. I can sit and read, or sketch the early evening activities on the beach.
Here’s my beachy summer sketch and also I included the link that takes you back to my Morning Pages post.