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