A couple of days in Cancun to end our vacation

I can’t say I’ll ever get the hang of doing the resort thing. It’s pleasant enough, but kinda meh.
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But there were things about Cancun that were lovely.

Like the El Rey Ruins, right on the hotel strip that were almost deserted when I visited.
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The iguanas owned the ruins. I sketched them like I usually draw people: really gesturally, one single stroke to capture their posture, with a brushpen loaded with dilute ink and then a fine pen- the Carbon Platinum pen for details.
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And on that last morning before we left, a rainstorm hit the beach, so I did a series of really quick paintings of the deserted beach and ocean before we left.  The grey-purple sky and ever-changing ocean was really fun to paint. You can see the rain added it’s own pattern on my work.cancun_resort_storm_sea1
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Yes, that’s gouache white, a new addition to my palette. I think it’s going to stay for a while.

That’s it for the Yucantan. Now to unwrap the dance mask we bought and read some of the books I brought home so I understand a wee bit more about Mayan culture before I visit next.

 

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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19 Responses to A couple of days in Cancun to end our vacation

  1. teresac831 says:

    ¡Qué belleza!Esos detalles tan precisos.Hermoso todo

    Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:48:25 +0000 To: teresac831@hotmail.com

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  3. barbfreda says:

    I am so taken with the simplicity (the very complex simplicity!) of your work….studying t!

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  4. Thank you for sharing your vacation. I especially like the gestural iguanas slithering around and LOVE the stormy beach scenes and skies

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  5. Marcia Milner-Brage says:

    Wonderful set!

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  6. Annie says:

    Thank you, thank you for sharing your works – and thoughts. Yes, especially the stormy beach scenes and skies brought emotional reactions, wow.

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  7. Susan Wilson says:

    Your sketches of the ruins are inspirational, I wish I had seen them before my recent trip to Mitla and Monte Alban. Beautiful work–all of it. Oh to be so fresh!

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  8. Annie says:

    To add: I wanted hubby to see the brush pen and fountain pen iguanas (a style he likes to do). When he went on down and saw the beach scenes, he almost shouted – from his reaction. Totally unlike him. Suhita keep it up.

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  9. theartistonetheroad says:

    Great sketches Suhita! I have long debated (with myself) on the use of of white goauche. It can serve so many purposes but I have yet to give myself permission. Glad to see such great work using it!

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    • Richard, I did the same thing forever, the debating. but when you paint as quick as I do , leaving out whites sometimes gets in the way of spontaneous painting. so right now I think I like the idea of using it in combination with leaving out whites.Besides I am far from a watercolor purist, so I really should go with whatever works right?

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  10. miatagrrl says:

    Fantastic sketches! The beach paintings are breathtaking, and the iguanas are really special! I hope to sketch live iguanas someday.

    – Tina

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  11. Margaret Hunt says:

    Those seascapes are FABULOUS…such wonderful juicy colors!!! And being in Cancun when the rest of us are freezing in North America…did I say JEALOUS!! Have fun!!!

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  12. Live Art says:

    This is an awesome way to tell your travel stories. Love it!

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  13. debiriley says:

    beautiful beach and ocean sketches that just have a lovely feeling of fresh air and sea breezes! love those! cheers, Debi

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