This morning, the Plein Air Nanaimo group ventured out to Beachcomber Park in Nanoose, about a half hour ride from where we live.
I found a spot in the shade with a cool breeze coming of the ocean and started to make a watercolour sketch of some waterfront properties across the bay.
No pen and ink this time. I started about 10:30 with a pencil to rough-in the main elements in reasonable proportions and with some editing to decide where the darkest areas should to be placed. One should not forget that the sun will not stay put but will continually change the patterns of light and dark areas. So I committed to some dark shapes such as the tall fir trees in the back and kept going with that configuration in mind.
After some time I noticed people on the beach with binoculars that where pointing at the top of the trees behind me. Turns out there was a large eagle’s nest. These always draw the attention from locals and visitors alike. I did not let that disturb my focus on painting as I was having fun and wanted to limit my time to complete this watercolour at noon or so, in one go without stopping.