Right now feels like the calm after the storm. Or maybe just before the next one.
Sketching at home after a big trip is always hard. Looking for the interesting in the everyday means getting back into the practice of looking so much harder than when you travel.
I got to ease my way back in with a weekend away in San Simeon. Here’s the totally over-the-top Hearst Castle. But maybe it doesn’t looks so over-the-top when you sketch just one little bit of it like I did here.
And below, a page of notes made while walking around on our guided tour inside the ‘castle’.
But my favorite bit from this part of the California coast is the beach by Hearst Castle that is always littered with elephant seals.
On the way back home, we stopped at Point Lobos State Reserve. Why have a never been here before, only 2 hours from home?? I’m going to have to go back, it was spectacular. What you cannot see in my sketches is that way out in the ocean, were humpback whales, and every so often you saw them spout or even jump out of the ocean.
Closer to home, here is La Casa Grande. It was built in 1854 as hotel, but became the home of the mine manager for the New Almaden Mining Company that mined quicksilver in these mines. It now houses the Mining Museum.
And this is a little shed that I know nothing about, also on the grounds of the museum.