On the rocks: sketching in Quepos, part two

For our second day of sketching the group expanded. Isabel and I were joined on the sea wall by Julia and Eva. Painting on the rocks always makes me a bit nervous, since I imagine my good brushes tumbling down into the crevasses and me not being able to retrieve them. For that reason, I took one brush out at a time and put it back in the case before taking out another one. A bit neurotic for sure but I left with as many brushes as I started with.
It was a beautiful scene to paint. Clouds merging with distant mountains, layers of greenery both warm and cool, a row of light coloured buildings with bright accents and some turquoise water. It’s the kind of setup I always seek out but seldom find.


Of course there was a customary coffee break after the rock sketch — we are in Costa Rica, after all — and then a second sketch on a side street where we sat in the shade of a giant Costa Rican Christmas tree and faced a row of shops and bars. I loved my Quepos sketchcrawl so thanks to Julia and Isabel and Eva for the hospitality!



18 Comments on “On the rocks: sketching in Quepos, part two”

  1. The leaves are great, exactly the way tropical trees are, kudos. You are mastering water so well, bet the other tourists spent their time staring at the beautiful artists! Jacques


  2. Elaine Archambault says:

    What a life! Your sketches, encounters, travels are inspiring to say the least.
    May 2015 continue to be as wonderful as 2014,
    Wishing you the very best.


  3. Dee says:

    What an extraordinary place to spend the holidays! Oh, I know how rough it must have been to be cautious with your brushes! I have recently misplaced a sailor pen and a water brush without leaving home!


  4. Ruth says:

    Your sketches capture Costa Rica so beautifully. I don’t know how long you will be staying there, but if you have the opportunity to visit either the rain or cloud forest…it is all so breathtakingly beautiful. A treat for the eyes as well as the soul. Enjoying your daily postings!
    All the best to you and your family in 2015.



  5. Janice Kelly says:

    Happy New Year to a great bunch of urban sketchers.


  6. Isszzy says:

    Thank YOU, Shari for spending some of your precious holiday time with us. We enjoyed it immensly!


  7. Ross says:

    I like the sketches… particularly the people in the coffee shop. And, I get the feeling that sitting in the shade of a Christmas tree is not something that you are accustomed to doing?


  8. Julia says:

    Shari, thank you for getting together with us in Quepos and for letting us peek over your shoulder. Best wishes for 2015!


  9. Felia Año Nuevo.
    Me encantan tus obras.
    tengo 76 años y recien me acerco a la acuarela
    Eres una fuente de inspiracion,y de aprendizaje.
    me he permitido copiar algunos de tus esquemas,para aprender màs el juego de los colores aguados.Gracias eres bondadosa.cfz.


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