Some pieces of the beach taken home for a still life

beach finds (2)

A line drawing exercise of some things I picked up on Sotogrande beach this last weekend, as a still life. Note to self – sea holly is SHARP! Also, a handful of sand taken home to add to the background ends up EVERYWHERE….’Twaz fun though 🙂


She draws seashells on the seashore…


..what did I learn? Shells are NOT an easy option (and this is just a scallop- I think!) and you can’t draw every grain of sand on the beach… Yes, it is still summer here in Andalucia and so we are still lounging around on the sea shore. But I’ll get back to drawing the streets/calles of Jimena very soon 🙂

Sketches in a bikini

It’s very hot here in Spain at the moment. VERY hot. Therefore, and I am making excuses ‘tiz true, been spending a lot of time at the beach and by the pool and it’s not easy trying to finish a sketch properly when the cool water is calling and the next chapter of my book needs reading. So I am trying to make up for quality with quantity this time 🙂 Next week a very good friend of mine will be visiting us and what she doesn’t realise is that she is going to be modelling for me….

Various views from the beaches at Sotogrande and Puerto de Duquesa, and two lonesome pines at the pool.

Between the rock and the soft place

School’s out (yes, I work at a school so great holidays, lucky me 🙂 ) and we have been heading to the coast to cool down. This beach at Alcadaisa is my second favourite, (my very favourite is on the Atlantic coast and a bit further to drive). Alcadaisa is to the east of Gibraltar, it has a long sandy and pebble beach and never seems to be that crowded as it’s not so well sign-posted as some, and only about 45 minutes drive from Jimena. I took my sketch pad and did a pencil drawing of Gibraltar but I thought it needed some colour, so I did this when I got back from my sketch and some photos I took.