Channel Islands Sketches, Part 2

This is part 2 in a series of posts from the Channel Islands. Part 1 is here.

Back on the boat after a blustery afternoon, and ready for workshops on board. This is a page of notes as Nina and Gay share ideas on creating vignettes. Page7LR_vignettes

Notes on the colors of the sky in the evening. As the sun set, the sky changed color so quickly, all I managed were the two columns of a slice-of-sky, recording the deepening colors. (The bits of this page are not painted in order from left to right, so it’s a bit of a puzzle to figure what followed what… not intentional, I just filled in the gaps as I went along.)

The next morning we sailed by the craggy cliffs of Santa Cruz island and into a beautiful sea cave called Painted Cave. The waters were not calm but the sights were spectacular. I wasn’t sure I could draw on the choppy sea, but then Tracey Thompson brought out her sketchbook and started drawing little vignettes, and I wanted to give it the try. There’s something beautiful about a boatful of artists drawing. No words spoken, but in each others company, we’re inspired to try something we wouldn’t usually do.
These vignettes are made quickly as the boat passes close to the cliffs. I looked up more than I looked down in an attempt to keep from getting seasick. Waterbrush, Art Graf graphite and ink.

Either I got more ambitious, or the ocean got calmer, I can’t remember which one. So this next spread uses some color with the watersoluble graphite.

The afternoon was filled with people-sketching. Coming up in my next post.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Channel Islands Sketches, Part 2

  1. Lee Kline says:

    When I saw your first mention of sketching in the Channel Islands, I assumed you were on Guernsey and Jersey in the channel Islands off the coast of France. This was probably because i knew you had been in Europe for the Urban Sketchers symposium. Admittedly, I was a bit puzzled by your sketches of Islands I had not heard of. Not until you mentioned you had been on that same boat that sunk in the terrible accident off the coast of Washington state did I understand where you had been. Your work has been an inspiration for me. Thank you, Suhita.


  2. miatagrrl says:

    Oh, I’m feeling a little queasy just thinking about sketching on a boat! Glad to hear you didn’t get sick.

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