Let me explain the bizarre title…. yep! I totally got grumpy- please don’t judge me 😗… nah, go on then…. so after our breakfast we decided to sit at the beach and I thought the view was great, out came the sketching kit and away I went. I’m loving boats at the moment and plan to spend more time on them. They always put me off because they are quite intricate, stick out like a sore thumb if you get them wrong, wonky masts can make them ready for the bin, but they will add life to any scen and often create a valid reason to use a juicy saturated colour you perhaps would leave desiccating away in your paint tin (course you wouldn’t!)
I decided against using Rotring pens and left it at pencil, I used a double landscape view in the Moleskine Watercolour sketchbook and added a base layer from the delightful Schminke Horadam tin. I keep meaning to do a separate post justifying my love for this tin, maybe after the 30 day challenge. I put quite a bit of time into this one because I wanted to leave lots of white spaces for the big umbrellas scattered all over the site – the smartypants among us will call this ‘negative painting’ or something like that, anyway, that’s what happened.
So, I let it dry and started going into the next layer, the beach was filling up but I remained unmolested although i could sense the passers by behind me slowing down and commenting in Italian or Spanish. Then came the ‘what is personal space’ family… Bless him but from all the remaining beach chairs available this guy chose to sit next to me, I mean one foot away, I could have coped but as he was getting his beach chair sorted he was knocking into me repeatedly and had no concept that he was doing so… after this he settled and i thought all would be well…no, out came the fattest cigarette imaginable, it stank and I could taste it because it was only a foot away from me and then his wife lit up a long skinny one…. so I muttered a bit, packed up my stuff and convinced jo it was time to leave. I got grumpy didn’t I! I need to tolerate my situation a bit more! Now I’m writing this back in England and looking at the sketch (which I quite like) and thinking why didn’t you finish it John, you massive muppet?!
I have this reference photo but it’s not great, I’ve got an amazing lumix camera, a wonderful birthday present from Jo especially for this but just got lazy and whipped out the iPhone to take quite an underwhelming photo… lesson learned!
Underwhelming/ What do you think? I suppose I can come back to this at some point despite it looking dull as dishwater.
Even my initial wash without the boats and buildings feels a lot more eye catching to me.
I look at this little sketch though and there’s something quite nice about it being unfinished, this is sketching, sometimes rain stops play, light changes, you run out of time, the clinical, civilized and controlled environment of the studio or kitchen table aren’t present and we heal with what’s in front of us. When it doesn’t go to plan, we pack up, move on and start on a fresh page, and I for one love that feeling!