This sketch is of Eagle Beach in Aruba. Our cruise ship stopped there one day last December. It was an odd day, cloudy and a bit rainy to start with, and very humid for us Canadians who were used to a dry cold climate. We are also not used to rain that is warm and pleasant. It stopped raining, and became hot and beautiful. There were lots of lizards of many kinds on this island. The sky remained dramatic and overcast, which was really good for taking photos. Towards the end of the afternoon on Eagle Beach, the heat and humidity were almost enervating. The pelicans were resting on these perches in between diving for fish. The overcast sky showed their distinctive silhouettes with their swooping beaks and awkward wing humps. They really are unmistakable in profile. I wanted to capture the beautiful colours of the water and the dramatic sky behind the pelicans.
Watercolor in the Handbook sketchbook (which I really like!).
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I thought this was a very cute phrase so I googled it to see where it came from. There's a catchy song by Foster the People called "Pumped up kicks". The chorus lyrics are :
All the other kids in their pumped up kicks
Better run, better run, outrun my gun.
Hmm, not really the sentiment that new shoes ought to elicit in my mind. Further investigation on the inter webs tells me that pumped up kicks are high-priced designer shoes that are often purchased to cause jealousy amongst one's peers. Greed and jealousy do seem to provoke violence, don't they? I doubt, however, that these shoes actually count as pumped up kicks according to this definition. There's probably not a desperate sprint to safety in my near future. More like a leisurely lounge on the deck or beside the pool at a vacation resort. Now that nail polish, on the other hand...
Inktense pencils in Moleskine sketchbook
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Cherry blossoms are truly a sign of spring, before the leaves are even out on the trees. It brings hope after the long, barren winter. Surely, the universe is unfolding as it should.