Watercolor Sketches on the Beach

It is really wonderful to live on the Atlantic coastline. My husband likes to surf and we both love to walk on the beach, so we visit often. It is just fifteen minutes from our home to our favorite beach, so it is convenient and relaxing.

Sometimes I take a sketchbook with me; sometimes I take my watercolor kit with me. Today I took both. While Ken surfed, I sketched with my watercolors and these are two of the pages that I brought home.

These are really just quick little gesture drawings in watercolor. It is a lot of fun and great practice. Doing these quick marks of people in action forces me to look hard and capture the “essence” of the action of the moment. It is also a challenge to capture colors and shadows quickly on the beach while the wind is blowing.

I used a small 8 x 10 inch Arches block so that my paper would stay flat and secure. Some of the pigments used here are New Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Sepia, VanDyke Brown, Prussian Blue, and French Ultramarine Blue. All of the marks were made with a Number 6 Round Silver Black Velvet watercolor brush (one of my favorites). I hope it doesn’t affect my colors, but I forgot to take water so I used a little salt water – it was convenient!




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