An Absolutely Awesome Day at Sea Ranch

This is a long post. But then, it was a long and pretty amazing day spent at Sea Ranch, with my buddies Nina and Srivani.

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.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to An Absolutely Awesome Day at Sea Ranch

  1. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos and drawings/paintings! It sounds like an absolutely idyllic day and you have captured so many aspects of it so beautifully!!


  2. Laurie says:

    All very beautiful and I love how you captured the fog! I also appreciate when you include a little bit of the subject in the background of the photo which helps me see how you focus on the scene. Thank you for all your posts.

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  3. Annie says:

    The magic of the fog, the rescue from a stream, and the quick advantage of the sun, all while dressed in warm layers in a long day says it all about being a dedicated artist! You are inspiring in many ways, Suhita, thank you.

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  4. Excellent drawings at the scene ranch, I find your chappel has that kind of Van Gogh Haystacks Aestetic to it. I also like your painting of the little bay, where it looks like the tide is coming in.

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  5. ninaapplepine says:

    Yay – what a day, what a great post – takes me back to our adventure – thank you!

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  6. Diane Winters says:

    Beautiful sketches -thanks for taking us along on the trip. But weren’t your hands half freezing? How do you keep your fingers moving with finesse during a long day in chilly weather?

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