It’s summertime and if you’re like most creative people, you love to be creative and relax on a beautiful, peaceful beach.
What I really enjoy when I’m staying at home in my summer holidays is to go with a friend to the beach. And what is better then that your friend loves art and loves sketching and wants to bring her best sketchbooks and paints?
When you grow up on the west coast of Norway you get used to rain, wind and cold wet summers. Today there is sunshine and the temperature just acceptable. What is really great here are the long summer days and the “midnight sun”. Take a good look at the photos. They were shot between 9 and 10 in the evening.
We went to my favorite place on earth, to Ølberg beach. I was born here and have my earliest memories from here. One memory, which my mother has verified but which was not captured in any photo, Is from when I was under 3 years old. What I can remember is that I was on my way from the house down to the lovely beach, I had crossed a road and come half the way down the lane when my mom stop me and brought me home. I remember the exact spot she grabbed me. Oh Boy! I most have been very disappointed and angry!
4 Tips for sketching outside
- Don’t think to much. The sketchbooks are for you only.
- Forget that drawings have to be finished. When sketching outdoors you find things are moving like the weather, the light and people. That is the way it is….. but you will find you get a sense of energy in your sketches. And that, my friend, is difficult to capture when sketching indoors or from a photo.
- Start with 10 minute sketches. If you don’t know exactly what to draw, setting a time limit can be very helpful, it will take the pressure of that it has to be something fantastic.
- And embrace wonky. Marc Jacobs sad “I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting”
Today we did a lovely little walk, and then sat down and did about 100 sketches. I took lots of photos, some of beautiful wild flowers that I will use for new paintings. I had some new sketchbooks I made yesterday, in my next post I will show you how I made them. Happy summer, friends!
Happy summer, friends!
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