At rest

I had fantasies of sketching my dog Alice on the beach on Sanibel. We’d be sitting on a towel, under a big umbrella, people watching and relaxing. At some point, with Alice napping comfortably, I would take out my sketchbook and draw her asleep in the shade. But that fantasy never materialized. The beach is far too exciting, and with a constant stream of people and dogs walking by, why would a young dog feel the need to nap? Instead I had to be content to sketch the big old boxer relaxing under a canopy near where we sit. He’s 15 years old, and he hardly moves, except to have a little water from his bowl.

As for Alice, I did a gouache sketch of her today, sleeping in the sun, AFTER her walk on the beach. And even though she stayed in that position for most of the sketch, she did get up and move to another spot, just before I added in the shadow so that part is invented, and not quite accurate.

5 Comments on “At rest”

  1. Denise says:

    I have fantasies of sketching anything on Sanibel! I should be as lucky as Alice and the boxer to be relaxing on the beach. Are you going to have a hard time leaving the warm and sun for Canada?


  2. Soni says:

    How young is sweet Alice ?


  3. joantav says:

    There is far too much activity going on at the beach for most dogs to be able to relax. lol The boxer does look very content, as does the woman on the blanket nearby. Nice highlights on Alice when she finally did stretch out to nap.


  4. cindy michelotti says:

    happy new year! I love that Alice was with you! can’t wait to see your work in 2020! its always a highlight of the day!


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