Our family recently visited a favorite beach for a week. With watercolor gear in tow, I had grand plans of finding multitudes of inspiration and painting en plein air.
As you can see, I had a great setup on the porch of the beach house with plenty of shade – and wind – which is not so conducive to watercolor painting. It’s difficult to work wet-in-wet when the wet dries in under a minute from the lovely beach breeze! I am in no way complaining about beach breezes, though, because they make the beach habitable on a hot day. The second issue was that my glasses, which darken from the sun, got so dark that it was difficult to distinguish the appropriate colors. I managed to create a few things outside, but mostly I drew outside and painted inside when time permitted.
These are the only true en plein air watercolors from this trip, but many more paintings were done in a Moleskine travel sketchbook. Maybe these will be shared at a later date; I really want to use up that sketchbook and get on with making my own with paper that I enjoy using. Now to find those book-making instructions from Jill . . . Have a great week!