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:

Janie Husband said...

beautiful....such great color..

whyducks said...

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

espills said...

I love these pictures !!!!!!

Bride.Paper.Scissors said...

so beautiful! these should be published in a book!

Claire Kiefer said...

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. :)

Tess said...

Fabulous sketches.....

teri said...

What lovely watercolors. I love the deep hues.

Lisa Hoffman said...

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.....

Lisa B. said...

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!

Chel said...

ohhh beautiful!!

Ale said...

I love this ilus!! Very nice!

Tanya said...

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

DANY said...

beautiful job, lovely foto..

Carlotta said...

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

AlexM said...

love your sketches! so much inspiration.

Lins Artyblobs said...

Lovely sketches

Karen said...

...nice work.

se7en said...

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

PaperPumpkin said...

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

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I wish my sketchbook looked like yours!!

Gina said...

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

MotorCityMystic said...

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!

Createology said...

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

gina armfield said...

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

laurie b said...

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...

Sonya Luna said...

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

Suella said...

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!

MidniteScrapper said...

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!

Elizabeth said...

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

twobutterflies said...

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

Carol C said...

What gorgeous pages!!!

Emakesart said...

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

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Kat said...

Lovely! Inspiring, too.

Kirsten said...

These pages are gorgeous! What is your process?

Lisbeth Bula said...

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

mimi poud'de riz said...

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..

Hashi said...

So very lovely!

sarah said...

these pages are so beautiful!

Dianne said...

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

Aly B said...

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

Melly Testa said...

What a great documentation of your trip.

Jane LaFazio said...

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

Johwey Redington said...

This is soooo inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing.

The Dreaming Bear said...

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

ariadne said...

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

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love your sketchbook- beautiful images and color.

kitty said...

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

Magenta said...

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

David Dubeau said...

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

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