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.
(Sketches on a beach was previously published in December 2015. While on holidays, I sketched people in motion, seaweed, shells, and any other beach remnants. My lines often went for a walk.)
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, the teachers have insisted that we go out in public and draw. I resisted doing that in my own city; however, I was itching to draw, and there was so much material nearby that I had to satisfy my creative urge at least a few times during the week. I convinced myself that I was among strangers here and that helped to ease my mind.
.....It's difficult to draw when a crazy tourist is feeding seagulls by the plate full. At first she was flinging her fries in the air. Then, she decided to leave her entire plate on a nearby chair. The flock of screeching seagulls swooped down among the sunbathers and were fighting for the fries while everyone ducked or ran for cover.
I did not draw that incident...
.....people move very quickly and it is a challenge to capture them exactly. I will have to sketch on the go more often. This is an excellent exercise to loosen up and to let the lines tell their own story. In most cases, they are saying the artists would have like to use an eraser and start over!
People in Motion: helpful tips for quick people sketches
If you would like to try quick sketches of people around you, visit Montrealer Marc Taro Holmes' website.
"Drawing People in Motion" is a free PDF available at www.citizensketcher.com
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, is 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, a nuisance in the water, is beautiful to draw.
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.
Hotel staff tried to clean it up but on the hottest days, it was just too much for them to remove with sunbathers and swimmers on the beach. I don't mind as it provided me with another opportunity to sketch and paint!
.....even on holidays, art is very therapeutic as long as it is accepted for what it is: quick, imperfect sketches.
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. Some sketches became doodles. The Neocolors started melting in the sun and I had to put them away before I ended up with mush.
I 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.
I love people watching while at the beach. What is your favourite activity when you are on holidays on a warm sunny beach? Leave a comment in the Leave a Reply box in January 2019 and your name will be entered to win a giclée print by Louise Primeau. Winner will be announced on February 1, 2019.
Header photo by Joe Cooke at unsplash. All other photos and artwork by Louise Primeau.