Families at the beachPosted: January 7, 2015
When you paint or sketch for some time in a place, it’s often what’s going on around you at the moment — rather than what you are looking at — that creates the strongest impression of the day. The sounds and smells, the conversations you overhear, the people who stop to talk and have a look at what you are doing. This painting will always make me think of the packs of racoons that scavenge the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, looking for lunches or anything else they can grab from tourists. Bold little guys they are, much bolder (and skinnier) than their Canadian cousins. They sneak up on you, oh so quietly, whole families of them, and it takes much yelling and stick waving to discourage them. There was one who ate a full bag of Doritos while a crowd watched nearby and another one who dragged a plastic bag into the bushes while the unsuspecting owners were taking a dip in the water.