We went to the beach yesterday - on Martha's Vineyard - one of my favorite places. The water was so rough that I got knocked down, rolled around on the ocean floor and came up sputtering and exhausted. Tons of sand in the bathing suit, but completely refreshing. After that, I didn't go in again and we actually heard later that a few people had dislocated shoulders from getting thrown around in that wild water.
But I took my sketchbook and tried more short sketches. NO one cooperated by standing close to me for more than 1 minute - I was so frustrated with my "models". They would be standing in front of the water but instead of gazing out over the rough seas, they insisted on continuing their walks or moving around talking to friends. Very inconsiderate to me, I thought. So all of these sketches, except the guy in the chair (and even he kept moving his head) were about 1 minute and then re sketched over when I got home. I didn't worry about heads or feet - that would have tipped me over the edge!
Even the damn seagull flew away. You know how they usually stay still waiting for food to drop? Not yesterday. Constant movement.
This girl really did have very sturdy legs and from the front she looked almost pregnant. And she really did have a very high waist! Strangely for New England- many people who were wearing bikini's shouldn't have been!
This gal had a very curvy figure but also strange rolls of fat and to me she would have looked better in a one piece. I think I should start a new show called "What not to wear on the beach"
This person was in constant motion but I tried to get her from two angles.
This guy is growing a lovely beer belly...and I didn't know how to do the crossed arms - that needs work.
After complete frustration with my models, I resorted to my feet and the cooler. Just as I was sketching the cooler handle a rogue wave came up, soaked my towel and clothes, and forced me to put everything down and flee!
I've never done quick sketching before and I can see how you need to practice, practice, practice. It forces the brain to get into quick observations; I think I'll take a drawing class this fall at our local museum, it would be fun and I need all the help I can get.
Anyway, it was a wonderful day at the beach - relaxing, gorgeous and all that I love about summer in New England. I'm hoping for a few days like that when the family gets here.