As I posted here recently, I have started to think about how observing while walking or through some other action is part of my art practice, so when I was at the Florida gulf coast recently I kept that in mind.
This sketch above was the view from the kitchen window of the Santa Rosa Sound and the town of Navarre Beach in the distance. I loved watching how the light changed throughout the day and day by day, and how the colors changed as a result.
When I got back home, I kept thinking about the shapes - the point of the Sound in the sketch to the right, the sandbars and seaweed patches, the grasses and scraggly bushes, the almost straight lines of the sky, water, land, and the roads, sidewalks, and fences whose edges are obscured by sand shapes. All of which I observed while staring out the window or from the balcony, walking, driving, and swimming in the Sound.
I took the time to capture some lines, marks, and patterns on a couple of walks - tire tracks on the beach, the rhythm of walkways and stairs, clumps of seaweed and grasses, and the lines created by seaweed that mimics the waves when they hit the beach.
Of course I also made my typical vacation sketches - things that were in front of me and the things that accumulated on the kitchen counter. And even sketched a few family members working on a puzzle!
It was a lovely time, and I'm so thankful that my family totally gets that I need time to sketch and to walk around and look at things. And enjoyed that I wasn't the only one sketching!
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