Sunday, January 27, 2013

On our cruise last month, the first stop was Cabo San Lucas. This is the view we had from the ship before we were tendered into shore.  We were only there for a short time and in hindsight I wish we had taken a water taxi to this adorable little beach between these rocks.  Instead we went to the marina where the tender dropped us off. It was very crowded and noisy with lots of vendors offering everything from cheap t-shirts to cheap bracelets.  We did have some cheap beer and chips and salsa, but I felt a little harassed and anxious by the end.
I always want to sketch my travels but I frequently get overwhelmed by the details.  For this one, I reminded myself that I didn't have to add every crack and crag in the rock, or every tiny bit of vegetation clinging tenaciously to the slope. I really wanted to try to get those soft, wispy horizontal clouds and the sunlit sands. I didn't obsess over the details, and I think that I like it.
Watercolors in the HandBook sketch book.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year

These little nutcrackers are Christmas tree ornaments. For the past 5 years we have travelled out of the country in December, returning home just before Christmas, so we haven't put up the tree or decorated much.  But this year we did, mostly in remembrance of my mother who passed away last February. Many of my ornaments were gifts from family so decorating the tree was bittersweet.  These dapper fellows, with their stiff postures and fancy uniforms always make me smile.  And those mustaches?  Ooh la la - so very handsome.
Thank you for visiting my blog and I wish you a very happy New Year.