now, i'm not a great sketcher, but i LOVE to practice. you may remember my sketchbook experiment i blogged about here and here. a true vacation to me is when you have time to drink two full cups of coffee in the morning with no one bothering you and also having time to sketch what's around you. with very few decisions to make every day and being in a new environment, full of interesting scenes to sketch, i was thrilled. the two full cups of coffee also helped this.
before we got to jamaica i made a vow to sketch everyday of the trip. sometimes i would take my sketchbook with me and sketch on-site, while other times i took a photo of the scene so i could sketch later that evening. what started out as an exercise to simply sketch more while on vacation, turned into a sort of visual diary. when you sketch a scene, your eyes trace over the objects in great detail in a way that seems to ingrain it deeper into your memory. looking over the drawings, each sketch takes me back to the day i drew it and i can picture myself with my sketchbook in my lap and my feet buried in the warm sand. the faint smell of rum from the strawberry daiquiris that spilled on the pages also helps.
anyway, i was very happy with the way the sketches turned out so i thought i would share them with you on here. i hope you enjoy them as well.
day 1 - arriving in the afternoon, we had little time to explore our first day, so i sketched the first thing i saw; the view from our hotel room.
day 2 - our first full day at the resort was spent almost completely at the beach, allowing me to sketch this without leaving the lounge chair.
day3 - the resort had a large pool with a swim up bar which is where we spent most of this day. there WERE more people there than this sketch shows, but you get the point.
day 4 - part of the beach was reserved for sailing and paddle boards. walking past these sailboats, perfectly lined up that day i knew i had found my sketch.
day 5 - on one part of the beach, locals would dock their small boats and ask you every time you walked by if you wanted to buy souvenirs or go fishing with them. although we didn't partake in their offerings, watching one of the boats head out to sea provided a gorgeous scene.
day 6 - the day we hiked dunn's river falls. what i discovered, hiking and sketching waterfalls are harder than i planned. even though i feel liked i changed how i sketched the water halfway through this drawing it turned out to be one of my favorites and reminds me that we actually did complete the hike.
day 7 - we spent most of the day by the waters edge again and watched the staff set up a canopy on the beach for a wedding that was going to be held their that evening. a sweet little reminder of our own wedding 10 months earlier.
day 8 - we walked the same path to the beach everyday, so i wanted to capture that well. it also gave me a chance to draw lots of palm trees...which are fun to sketch.
day 9 - i couldn't leave our honeymoon without sketching my beautiful wife. here she is on the balcony of our hotel room standing exactly where i told her to stand so she was perfectly framed by the palms.