Channel Islands Sketches, Part 1

This one is a difficult post to write. From August 25th to 29th, Nina, Gay and I lead a group of sketchers and their friends on a truly wonderful adventure through the Channel Islands, sketching on the islands and aboard the dive boat, The Conception. It was an amazing trip, full of friendships, experiences and memories. Sadly, it was the last trip the Conception came back from. On their next trip out, that awful tragedy we see all over the news occurred. 

I’ve debated posting these sketches but decided that anyone who knows the Channel Islands would agree that their beauty should be shared. I won’t post photographs from the trip, and some names have been removed from my sketches. The Divers Alert Network is collecting funds to be divided equally among all families who lost members in the tragedy.

This and the next few posts are my sketches from that adventure.

The following sketches are all pages from my sketchbook in chronological order. I used a small Hahnemühle watercolor sketchbook and I’m posting all the spreads in it here in chronological order.

That wide-bottomed mug with the narrow mouth kept my drink from sloshing around as I filled it up with warm tea and drank it all the time I was on board. And a map of the four main Channel Islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa.

We visited Santa Rosa island on our first full day. But first, a safety meeting with our super-friendly crew. And a map of Santa Rosa island.

Waiting to be ferried ashore in the zodiac, this was my view of Bechers Bay.

Painted from the pier where we landed. I swatched those colors on the left first. Just putting them on the page helped me see the colors in the scene better when I painted it.

A spread of vignettes made on a super-windy day.

And a close-up of my favorite one from the page, the deer antler and horseshoe.

One last spread in the late afternoon on the island. As we sat sketching, an island fox ran across that path. This lovely little animal was once on the brink of extinction but a recovery program is bringing the fox and bald eagles back.

More from the beautiful Channel Islands tomorrow.



About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Channel Islands Sketches, Part 1

  1. Barbara Beynon says:

    Thank you for these beautiful images, forever poignant now. You made the right decision, but yes, a difficult one.

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  2. I was moved by your post. A painful and sad loss for all involved, and your lovely sketches can be seen alongside that, all are part of life and it feels right and respectful to the people you shared that time with and honours their part in your sketching experience.

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  3. I really like your map, and the drawing with the swatches, they are really unique!!

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