|Clearwater Beach Visit|
Still & Birn Beta Sketchbook
8.5 x 10.75 inches
I had arrived a little bit early as you never know what traffic is going to be like between the Spring-Breakers and the general beach vacationers.
I was still holding my sketchbook open so the pages could dry when I walked up to meet my friends.
Living in Florida, my favorite time to go to the beach is on overcast, windy days. There's more wave action in the water and you can see some truly spectacular cloud formations. You'll occasionally find a "beach treasure" (unusual shells, beach glass and very rarely, a gold doubloon) you won't find on other days.
I did all of my sketching in pencil and didn't add color to the rest of the page until after I reached home. Then added the lettering and journaling. I put a bar under the "er" of Clearwater because somehow, I managed to get off track with my lettering.
I seldom make it to the beach any more and the day was a great deal of fun. The beach is in my own backyard, and yet I don't take advantage of it—why? Maybe because it's in my own backyard and I don't value what is around me all the time? (Sam's in the background just shaking her head.)
Sharing time, art and the beach with like-minded friends, not to mention great food, makes for an excellent combination!
Do you have some fabulous outdoor venue near you that you don't take advantage of simply because it's in your backyard? What keeps you from going there to sketch with friends or even by yourself just to enjoy the place?