My drawing and painting life
The other day I shared one of my holiday ‘plein air’ sketches. I will show you some more today. I call this ‘plein air’ sketches even though some might count as urban sketches, but certainly not all.
These were done on August 2 (shared before), 4, 5 and 7. All were done with Faber Castell or micron pen in my A4 sketchbook. On the beach scene of August 5 I added paint after we got home.
I’m a scribbler, love to put down scribbly marks to catch what is before me. I see many sketchers making neat bold lines. That’s not for me at least not at this time. Hope this is nice any way. I feel I have a lot to learn about this kind of drawing and painting.
Every time we are on holiday in Bretagne we go to this small beach near a place called Kerou. I love drawing the people on the beach and the houses and surroundings. In the past I used to make quick sketches and then make a better piece after coming ‘home’. This time I tried to do the piece then and there. I played with simplifying the image (people are constantly moving, it’s hardly possible to draw everyone). I like to simplify people in the background and try and catch them with a few lines. Sometimes this is a success, sometimes not so much. An example is a woman sitting with her back to me, as a loose drawing it’s great, buts she’s a bit too big compared to others around her. I learned a lot.
One of the days when I was drawing the rocks and people on the beach, people showed up who started playing beach volleyball right in front of us. I tried to draw them in, but in the end decided against making them a full-fledged part of the piece. For one, it was too hard as they were moving all the time. Also it would have needed a different place to draw from. I just drew some of them in white – a bit like ghosts – to show they were moving around.
This time I also drew a view on a river at low tide (river Laita) near a former monastery. We were wondering what the line of stones was, perhaps a bridge that has been demolished. I don’t know and didn’t have time or energy to find out. In the end I got more interested in the trees in the back.
More holiday pieces next time.
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