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.

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.

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.


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

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!


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


  5. Marcia Milner-Brage says:

    Wonderful set!


  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.


  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!


  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.


  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!


    • 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?


  10. miatagrrl says:

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

    – Tina


  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!!!


  12. Live Art says:

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


  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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