Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Beachcombers Park

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On Monday the Plein Air Nanaimo group of painters visited Beachcomber Park in Nanoose. It is a typical small ocean side park with mature second-growth trees surrounded by a rocky beach and breaking waves, and with views of islands, the ocean and in this case Mount Arrowsmith.

My preference would have been to sit on the other side of this park, but the wind coming over the water was too cold, so most of us settled down on the leeward side, facing the main island.

I used my Opus Framing sketchbook with 11″ x 14″ sheets to make this picture in about two hours time, including some preliminary planning scribbles.

Once you get going on this, time flies as it absorbes 100% of your attention or focus, somewhat similar to writing an exam in school (very long tine ago now) or watching a spelbinding action movie. Afterwards the whole company had lunch at the golf club canteen nearby to chat and compare the results of that morning’s work.

Author: John Hofman

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