Canal scenePosted: December 25, 2018
Sometimes what you experience while sketching is more meaningful than the sketch itself. This has happened to me again and again.
Today I drew this complex canal scene (boat on a lift, palms trees and house, all compressed together) but what I will remember about the day has nothing to do with what is on the page. What I will never forget about today are the sounds of the three dolphins that leapt simultaneously out of the water just inches from my feet, and then played nearby for a good thirty minutes. At times I could hear them swimming slowly just under the surface, their dorsal fins breaking the water here and there, sprays of water shooting from their blow holes. Other times I could hear the gentle lapping of waves nearby and realize that they were chasing each other right below me, weaving in and out of the pilings of the dock I was sitting on. Truly a magical moment. And in every way more memorable than my sketch, which turned out to be a difficult composition to resolve because of the compressed space, back lighting and distractions.