Marin County

Here are some sketches from a trip a few weeks ago, up to Point Reyes and parts further North in Marin County.

Sketching in Marin County

I should have done much more drawing on this two day outing but the weather was so beautiful in Point Reyes that Julia and I spent all our time taking in the scenery on the first day of the trip. When I have been to Point Reyes before, most times it is either overcast or, if the sun is out, the landscape seems parched. This time there had been several weeks of rain prior to a spectacularly sunny day, so the land around the point was saturated with greenery.

Another major distraction from sitting and drawing was a spectacular parade of grey whales past the Point Reyes lighthouse. As each whale surfaced and spouted, there were great cheers from the assembled throngs of onlookers at the point. It was like a Whale Pride Parade. We heard that there was a record number of whales sighted that day. This was a happy accident for us; we had only planned to go draw. Everyone ELSE had planned to see whales, as we found out that it was the absolute height of migration season.

Near Bodega Bay, 2010

So, it seemed appropriate to bask in our good fortune that first day and enjoy the show put on by Mother Nature. So, drawing had to wait until day two. Possibly inspired by the vivid colours around me I tried a little watercolour on this sketch trip, which I don’t normally do.

Highway #1, 2010

The paper in the sketchbook is beautiful so i will try to move out of my comfort zone (which is line sketches in pencil and ink) and do more colour studies until I fill the book.

25 thoughts on “Marin County”

  1. I have had this gift handmade sketchbook from S. Africa for six years. Besides my email contact, it remains empty, yet every Post It in my studio has something scrawled on it, of course. See you in Venice!


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