Thursday, September 30, 2010

inside my sketchbook- oregon beachcombing

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Having been raised in a beach town and taught to appreciate the ocean, I've always been smitten with the sea- the smells, the colors, the treasures- there was even a short moment when I thought about giving up my dream of being an artist and wanted to be an oceanographer (until I found out how much math and science I needed!) These days my passion for the ocean is greater than ever. Because I am BEYOND blessed to live in a beach town in So. Cal. and have the ability to travel to my hometown beach in Oregon, I do not take a moment of it for granted. This last week at home in Oregon I used my camera to record my favorite findings, collected things to add to my collection and spent a great deal of time drawing and making notes about my findings in my sketchbook.

Here is a peek inside...


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49 comments:

  1. beautiful....such great color..

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  2. whyducks10:11 AM

    Could you spare just a wee bit of your talent and send it my way please!

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  3. I love these pictures !!!!!!

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  4. so beautiful! these should be published in a book!

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  5. Seriously, I can't believe that is just your sketchbook--so pretty, and I looooove the colors! I share your love for the beach, something serious, and while I live in the Bay Area where there are beautiful beaches, I often long to live in a places with a warm beach where I can actually get in the water. At least I can make easy trips down to southern California a couple times a year. :)

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  6. Fabulous sketches.....

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  7. What lovely watercolors. I love the deep hues.

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  8. I hope that one day you will seriously consider publishing a Book of your Sketchbooks. I'm fighting the urge to toss mine into the fire after seeing yours, but instead I'll just become inspired! Thanks again A.B.....

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  9. Lisa B.11:08 AM

    I'm wondering if you have a favorite type/brand of sketch book? Is there one in particular that works well with your use of watercolors? I did not see anything listed under your FAQ section. Inspiring!

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  10. ohhh beautiful!!

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  11. I love this ilus!! Very nice!

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  12. I love looking at your sketches. These are really fantastic!!

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  13. beautiful job, lovely foto..

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  14. beautiful! do you do your sketches outside partially or bring some treasures inside and work on them there? just wondering, curious about your process.

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  15. love your sketches! so much inspiration.

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  16. Oh I just love notbooks - these are awesome!!!

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  17. I wish I could hold this book in my hands, touch the pages, feel the colors...

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  18. I wish my sketchbook looked like yours!!

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  19. Beautiful! It makes me want to take a trip to the beach right now.

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  20. This has given me some wonderful ideas. Your colors are yummy! I would love to do sketches of those things around me. I am in the industrial Mid-West. I'd like to do drawing of abandoned building, rusted cars and lonely streets. Ok, now, having said that I guess I should find a book and get to work. Thank you for your fantastic work!

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  21. Your sketchbook is fabulous. I love how you have captured the essence of your beachcombing. Happy sketching...

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  22. just lovely - I love looking at other artist's sketchbooks it tells so much about a person :)

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  23. you are so lucky - i have never lived on the ocean even tho i have moved about thirty times!!! your sketches are beautiful and make me long to head toward the coast...

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  24. Wonderful. I was just wondering what markers/paints do you use. I love the way they look.

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  25. Suella9:58 PM

    Lovely. Visiting the Pacific coast beach in both Oregon and Washington are some of the highlights of my childhood memories.

    I love shells and beach detritus and beachcomb here in England every chance I get!

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  26. I live in So. Cal and never find such nice treasures...However, when I lived in Washington we'd visit Seaside, OR and I found lots of treasures. Loved your sketches. So light and delicate, yet detailed...so detailed. Love it!

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  27. Beautiful pages!! You make it appear so very effortless!!!! Do so love your easy style!!

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  28. Your drawings are amazing!!! I really wish I could draw like that.

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  29. What gorgeous pages!!!

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  30. Love your blog. love your art. I'm a follower now : )

    Esther

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  31. Lovely! Inspiring, too.

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  32. These pages are gorgeous! What is your process?

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  33. ¨The peek in your book was awesome. The entire blog is wonderful. Art of all kinds, recipies, the whole thing!

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  34. bonjour
    I speak only little about English then I use a translator, I discover your blog and I liked the visit, an explosion of colors and ideas!! I like..

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  35. these pages are so beautiful!

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous! So inspirational! Do you do the penwork first or the painting first? Do you sketch with a pencil at all?

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  37. Gorgeous journal! Is there anything you aren't amazing at doing?

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  38. What a great documentation of your trip.

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  39. there's nothing like a geniune, fresh, original sketchbook. love it!

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  40. This is soooo inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  41. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for letting us peek into your sketchbook....LOVE it!

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  42. These are fantastic!I wish I could see some sea glass finds sketches.Ariadne from Greece!

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  43. I love your sketchbook- beautiful images and color.

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  44. Beautifully stunning beach pages, Alisa!! Enjoyed looking at them. Keep it up!!

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  45. I so love you sketch book, incredibly rich and inspiring.

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  46. Very nice work! love the beaches here too.Life would not be the same without them..Thank you for sharing:)

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