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😎.
I recently made another sketchbook. I really love the cold press Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper so I buy it in bulk and make my own sketchbooks. I recently filled a Handbook sketchbook and didn’t have any other landscape format sketchbooks so instead of buying one, I made one.
The cover is a copy of two plein air paintings that I did in pastel.
I also made two pamphlet style sketchbooks using Strathmore 400 series drawing paper. I am saving those for International Fake Journal Month.
Lastly, a few sketches I did at breakfast this morning…..
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.
This sketch was the final sketch for this sketchbook. It was a humid day and we found a shady pavilion on the East side of the causeway. I saw this Jeep in front of me with an open hatch and sketched it. They had a lot of stuff in that car. The trash can blocked part of my view so I was like “what the heck?, why not?” And added it. The family was actually to the left and I could have fudged it by adding them but I liked the “mystery” of the hatch being open and unattended. They were parked under the causeway which is why there is a shadow there. Our car was in the shade as well, a few spots to the left.
This is just one sketchbook that I used while in Florida. My goal was to finish this one and I did. I have two more sketchbooks with sketches in them from my time in Florida and I will be posting some sketches from them as well.