So when my friend and fellow artist, Kandi Lippincott, invited me along for an Artist’s week at her timeshare in Hilton Head, I immediately accepted after hesitating only long enough to to pack a bathing suit, watercolors, pens, my pastels, two watercolor pads, two types of pastel board, a Bamboo pad, my computer, a small easel, three art magazines and one book on pastel art, plus two books of short stories . (Artist ADD is real my friends!).
The week was relaxing. Hilton Head beaches are some of my favorites, with just the right amount of waves with low tides that provide miles of wonderful hard sand beaches for riding bicycles. We even had our own personal artist’s muse and model in the form of another guest whose name was, of course, Art. Art had a face that made us all want to prop him up in the middle of the room with good lighting.
The pic of Art was done with special pencils made to work with watercolor. After sketching, just wet to spread the shading around, and then it is permenant and regular watercolors can be added. Lots of fun to play with.
Using more traditional watercolor techniques, I did this painting of a crane. I am particularly pleased with my choices of quotes on this painting — one from Sadako (of the thousand paper cranes), one from Hart Crane, and one from Niles Crane!
Art was truly everywhere this past week, from the sand sculptures that looked like the opening scenes from Game of Thrones.