We finally found a spot at the beach out of the strong winds that have been whipping through the States right down to Cancun and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula. My bathing suit hasn't been wet for a week and as for painting out doors alla prima with water colors forget it! The paint goes everywhere, but where you want it. I tried again yesterday, but the sea and sky spread off the paper and washed the white towel on the lounge blue. So again, I read AND PHOTOGRAPHED! This one was taken with the IPad; clarity is missing and lighting gets confused when there's high contrast. So, the rest I took with my Nikon CoolPix including a video of the crashing turquoise waves! Next Monday, when I'm doing laundry where the winds really howl, I'll also be processing the hundreds of candid shots I've taken of strangers--all for future thirty minute morning drawing sessions or full blown portraits in oil. I am stock piling subject matter, the perfect thing to do, when painting just isn't working.
What is working is my pencil: