Catalina Island, Labor Day Weekend

Went away for a lovely, but too-brief trip to Catalina Island over Labor Day weekend.

This couple sat in the seat in front of me on the ferry to Catalina Island. I liked the contrast of her wild, curly hair against his very closely cropped head.

The kids tried feeding some Mourning Doves, but the aggressive seagulls drove them out. I love the grey of their wings- it makes the pink legs, and orange and yellow beak all work together so well.

Quick sketch from the front porch of our hotel.The mornings were quiet until the first ferry came in, but there was already this really enthusiastic person up in a parachute.

A more leisurely sketch of the same view from the hotel.

And a view of the island from out on the pier at dusk. That large building in the background is called the casino, but was never used for gambling.

The beach was tiny, had no sand, and had awfully sharp rocks, but it was totally packed. I love the tall palm trees  and the bright hot light of southern california.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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14 Responses to Catalina Island, Labor Day Weekend

  1. Shirley says:

    I love your travel paintings – some are such big views!

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  2. Great sketches. The sketch of the couple has an interesting abstract quality.

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  3. Janene says:

    Delightful sketches, especially the beach scenes!

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  4. Cathy says:

    Interesting sketches, I really like the way you mix pen and watercolour.

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  5. Raena says:

    First, I love the swirls and direction of the guy’s hair. My husband’s hair does that and you’ve captured it well! But, wow!, those beach scenes, especially the leisurely ones, are fabulous! I’ll be zooming in to these today, to study how you’ve done them!

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  6. makingamess says:

    Raena,
    I’d be happy to send you my large scans: I think I have your email from the EDM group… the 2 large sketches were a bit of an accident: I used a pen and didn’t realize it wasn’t waterproof until I started adding color: on the “dusk” version, I let my watercolor run into it quite a bit and got the foggy, blotchy effect, but on the daytime one I was (only slightly) more careful about working around the lines so they are a little crisper…

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  7. Paul says:

    I agree with Raena–love how you captured the whorls of that fellow’s hair. I also like the breadth of those landscape spreads.

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  8. donna noble says:

    These sketches are terrific!

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  9. Ann says:

    These are all wonderful! I especially love your views fro the hotel. Beautiful!

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  10. CordeliaLynn says:

    I love these “slice of life” sketches and yours are really marvelous. The details are perfect! I wish I could sketch like you do.

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  11. Kim Gervais says:

    …in the process of reading your whole blog… I must say lots of scrolling down to get to the first post 😉 Very inspiring how you’ve kept at it for so many years. The sketches on this post are great. I love the way you rendered the one tall palm tree on the beach scene!

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