Beach sketching

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. 

Last but not least….

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.

Sailboat

This sailboat was on the south side of the causeway.  I liked that it wasn’t moving around, which made it easier to sketch.  The sky was doing it’s preparations for the daily thunderstorm.  I loved the clouds in Florida. The daily thunderstorms made the sky much more interesting.

After the rain

This sketch was done after a storm was clearing out.  The sun was setting and color was just starting to pop before the sun set.  I was lucky with the timing of the evening color happening just as I was adding the watercolor.

These are the same sail boats that I have been sketching, from a different perspective.

Rainy sketch and a rescue

This sketch was done from under the causeway.  The skies had opened up but we weren’t affected because we were parked under the bridge.  There were a couple of sailboats on the water.

People live in these boats.  We tried to imagine living in a boat during a storm like this.  It rained so hard that you couldn’t see the power plant or the Fort Pierce causeway.

As the rain let up, we noticed people going out onto the pier and pointing at the water.  We couldn’t see anything at first. Police started to show up and they walked to the pier in long yellow raincoats.  Then a fire truck came, and other emergency vehicles.  John said he saw something in the water….we didn’t get out of the car because it was still raining.  We couldn’t figure out what was in the water because of the waves and rain.

More first responders showed up….then a police boat.  The police boat slowly moved through the water.  We saw it stop, then we saw activity.  It looked like there was a dinghy in the water, floating away from us.  The police boat came back to the pier and two men got off, soaking wet.  They were waiting for something, we couldn’t see what they were looking at.  An ambulance pulled up.  The EMT’s pulled their equipment down to the pier and they came back with what looked to be a woman.  The two men walked toward their cars.  The EMT took the woman away and the police boat searched the water a bit then retrieved the boat and tied it up at the pier.

Not sure what happened but we did overhear one of the gentlemen say that they were holding the woman’s head above the water.  I guess we’ll never know the whole story but that’s the story behind this sketch…..

Sketching the everyday subject

John and I sit by the water all the time.  The view isn’t always the greatest, and on this day, it was grey and wet. Not many people out except the die hards like us who sit in their cars and wait for it to rain.  I love the afternoon storms in Florida.  You can sit and watch it as it comes up the Intercoastal waterway.

This sketch was done from the side of the bridge, looking back towards the shoreline.