We spent a few days on the Adriatic coast where we managed to get a couple of beach days in. The Italian beaches we saw were so unlike Cape Cod. They were divided up into concessions and each one had rows upon rows of beach chairs under brightly colored umbrellas that you could rent for the day.
In contrast, a couple of weeks before our trip we visited Cape Cod and I did these sketches, the first in Wellfleet and the second at Sagamore Beach.
Another thing Italian beaches have that Cape Cod doesn’t is palm trees, one of my favorite drawing subjects. I couldn’t resist doing a couple of pictures of the one visible from our balcony.
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.