Sketches on a beach: capturing the idea
"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk." ~ Paul Klee, was a Swiss artist who taught in Germany until his art was seen as indecent by the Nazis. He returned to Switzerland where he died in 1940.
These line sketches were completed under a scorching sun while enjoying the beach last week near Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
I discovered that...
.....I should remove my sunglasses when I am painting as the colours are inaccurate when seen through smoked or tinted lenses. My flower should have been pink rather than orange.
Sketching on the beach: a conversation starter
.....I should expect that a curious bystander might comment on my drawing, in this case, a Colombian woman who stood next to me as I became increasingly flustered and messed up two drawings while she kept exclaiming in Spanish how lovely they were.
If I understood her, I believe she was an artist who paints with oils.
I am not used to having a spectator, but in some online courses I have taken, particularly at Sketchbook Skool, the teachers have insisted that we go out in public and draw. I have resisted doing that in my own city but I was itching to draw, and there was so much material nearby that I just had to satisfy my creative urge at least a few times during the week.
.....It's not very pleasant drawing when a crazy lady is feeding seagulls by the plate full. At first she was flinging the fries in the air but then she decided to leave her entire plate on a nearby chair. The birds swooped down among the beach chairs and were fighting for the fries while people were ducking and running for cover.
I did not draw that incident...
.....people move very quickly and it is difficult to capture them exactly. I will have to sketch on the go more often.This might be an excellent exercise to loosen up.
After I had finished sketching people on the beach, I discovered a downloaded tutorial on my iPad from some time ago.
People in Motion: helpful tips for quick people sketches
For those of you who might like to try line drawings, you might watch this excellent free PDF file download including a video demonstration by Montrealer, Marc Taro Holmes.
"Drawing People in Motion" is available at www.citizensketcher.com an excellent website for quick line drawing tips.
Here is the beach on a beautiful day when we enjoyed a refreshing breeze. You can see Cancun in the distance. Our resort, the Royalton Riviera Cancun was only twenty minutes by bus from the Cancun airport.
...and here is the beach when it was very windy and the waves brought in mounds of seaweed.
I also discovered that...
.....seaweed is beautiful to draw but awful to swim in.
I heard people in the water yelling as they must have thought some fish might be wrapping itself around their legs when in fact, it was probably a piece of seaweed.
For some reason, seaweed is a problem on the Mexican beaches this year. Not every day mind you, so we were still able to enjoy swimming in the ocean. Hotel staff tried to clean it up but on some occasions, it was just too much for them to remove with sunbathers and swimmers on the beach.
.....even on holidays, art is very relaxing, very therapeutic as long as it is not taken too seriously.
I had brought one of my Moleskine sketchbooks, travel watercolours, Neocolors II, water brushes, and a couple of black Pitt pens with me in my suitcase. I forgot a pencil and this forced me to accept the lines that I inked in and that I thought were wrong and work with them. Some sketches became doodles. The Neocolors started melting in the sun and I had to put them away before I ended up with mush.
It is not an easy for me to accept "mistakes" although many would argue there are no mistakes in art, only learning opportunities.
I also decided that I would not rework or adjust the colours of the sketches when I got home.
I am just leaving them exactly as they are....wonderful memories of a much needed holiday...sketches on a beach.