The ambience in the past that had been so fresh, natural with wildlife, beautiful scenery and only a few man made obstacles to obstruct a pleasant view is slowly disappearing with the influx of people’s desire to settle on this rocky, sandy, wet and wind blown island. I don’t blame folks for wanting to live here away from the horrific traffic and fast life on the mainland; my spouse and I did many years ago. I guess changes happen everywhere now days. Time doesn’t move slow anymore as it seemed to when I was young.
To capture some of the ambience that still remains before more changes occur to the land and beaches or historical buildings, I photograph or do quick sketches of the scenes to work on in my tiny studio. Some scenes I have drawn many times and can almost sketch them by memory.
The following three preliminary graphite sketches I have drawn will be painted several times until the right medium expresses my feelings and thoughts for these places that remain on Whidbey. I plan to put together a collection of these paintings into a journal. I seldom paint large scenery; but I so enjoy creating watercolor journal books of my life on this island!