Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Coquina Dunes Morning

I'm always surprised at how excited I get when I know I will have time to sketch on location. I forget the rush of working in the fresh air, capturing the color, sounds and movements. Yes, I said sounds because sometimes I draw what I hear. But that's a topic for another day.

Sometimes though, the weather doesn't cooperate. This day the wind was so strong that sand was blowing everywhere. But I finally found the right size baking pan to sit level on the car seat so when necessary, I just push my seat back, prop up my book and set my tools and water on the tray.

Last week I spent a couple of hours at Coquina Beach on Bodie Island, a 15 minute ride away. I was really pleased with what I caught between the pages of my sketchbook. And it turned out to be a treasure chest to work from later in the studio. I'd like to share with you all the work that came out of that short trip.

Sketch 1

Sketch 2

Sketch 3

Sketch 4


  1. These are all gorgeous! I can feel the wind and sand blowing in that magical Outer Banks light. Makes me long to sketch there too!

  2. Well come on out sometime and join me!!!

  3. These are so beautifully done!! I love love love the long one - there is so much to see there. You really were inspired (and determined to make something of a less-than-perfect day) and look at all you came away with from that one trip!!! Again, just beautiful :)

  4. Thank you so much. The long one is my favorite too though everyone else here seems to like the dunes the best. The one you and I like was across from the dunes; a mass of bush and tree. I found that much more interesting. It was a good day. Still loving your work, just can't say much 'cuz i don't know a whole lot. :)