Starting the day on the cliffs, with these two piece done back to back, looking at the same view. I;l do this sometimes to try and capture something differently. Version 1 started out with a blue sky and then the day got grey and foggy and I wanted to capture that fog, so a much quicker Take 2 happened…
The homes at Sea Ranch are beautiful; Each is completely unique, but they all share an aesthetic that blends so beautifully with the landscape. They just sit there quietly, showcasing the beauty around them. I did a bunch of quick sketches of some of the homes from our second stop that morning.
Next, we moved down to the beach, but I was still focused on the view up on the cliffs.
It wasn’t until this next one that I even started to look at the cold, sandy beach we sat on. The fog and mist was what I was looking at a lot.
I finally looked down at the treasures Nina had collected b my feet. Seaweed and crabshell lay among the pieces of driftwood and sand on the beach. It takes an overcast day to really appreciate how much color there is in greyness.
Back up on the cliffs, later that afternoon, I ignored the seals swimming in the ocean behind me and got back to the Sea Ranch homes, starting out this time with watersoluble oil paint laid on paper with a palette knife.
Next, we headed to a fascinating tree tunnel, probably the hardest setting I attempted to capture on paper that day.
Done with that sketch, we headed back to the trail. I made a little unplanned detour where I had to go rescue my supplies that fell into a stream.
Our final stop that day was the quirky Sea Ranch Chapel. We got there just as the sun was setting, for one last sketch before the light was gone.
This set of sketches and photos doesn’t come clase to capturing that day. There is something magical about the quiet (well, only while we draw) companionship of fellow sketchers, all in synch, working all day. Can’t wait until we do this again.