It was a lovely vacation: ferry rides, beaches, the library, card games, wine, sun, wind, lighthouses, vintage furniture, pistachio pancakes, dogs and cats.
The Darius is next door to the Island Library which is terrific with its legos and chess set. They had a copy of Chess for Kids by Richard James which hit just the right note with Benji who kept his nose in it for most of the weekend.
I attempted some rough sketches of children's' heads at the library.
We also enjoyed a charmingly illustrated book of short poems, Days Like This by Simon James (no relationship to Richard as far as I know).
Beautiful but barfy ferry rides; the ginger chews sold aboard were nice but the Dramamine was better.
I tried to channel Elizabeth while sketching the pets.
Last Sunday my sister and I collaborated on a watercolor sketching workshop at my father's house, outside of Washington DC. Amanda made a marvelous lunch with wine, dessert and coffee, later there was iced tea and lemon thyme wafers as we lounged in the parlor. It was wonderful! The painters warmed up by making color swatches in their sketchbooks, worked with pattern from the estate's porcelain collections (the color and pattern of the Masons always strikes me as so modern; beautiful and dynamic) then tackled the gardens. I focused on rough color impressions but students were able to bring their sketches to a more advanced level of finish.
Here are some demos of rough color impressions. Watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper, some with a PITT faber-Castell pen.
The painting fit nicely in around the gourmet treats. Many thanks to my father and our friend Pablo who played a crucial role by taking the children to the Air and Space museum.
Sue was one of the participants, she mentioned the workshop on her blog.
The Northern tip of Block Island,RI and view of downtown from Benefit Street,Providence, RI. Oil on panel, 16"x20", (watercolor versions can be found here and here).
The Artists Loop meeting last night was a pleasure, thank you to everyone for coming out. It was encouraging to meet so many interesting people, see familiar faces and here what you are all up to. *And thanks so much to Ed, the new librarian, who made the A/V equipment work perfectly, hooray! (His advice to remove the lense cap from the projector was particularly useful.)