From my chair, more or less

I did a lot of painting from my beach chair on Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos, mostly because I didn’t bring a big easel with me and a beach chair comes with an umbrella! From my chair, I could see sand and water of course, but the view was more interesting if I turned my back to the ocean. Looking up the beach, I found some interesting shapes — a white umbrella against the blue sky (it was more symmetrical than the way I drew it!), a yellow jug of water, some backlit signs and a few stacked chairs. I tried to lose the edges between the objects and their shadows, and just think of them as simple shapes.

We had a few days of turbulent weather. I went down to the beach and tried to paint the approaching storm. The high winds dried my paper before I get a big wash down, so I ended up with a blotchy mess.

I also tried to paint the dark clouds in the other direction, but it started to rain so I took a photo and painted it from my reference image. I didn’t quite capture the drama in the sky but at least there were no blotches when I painted indoors in a more controlled setting.

On our last day, the sun came out again but the winds were fierce. I think the palms say it all.

27 Comments on “From my chair, more or less”

  1. lois says:

    The palms definitely say it all! You captured the wind well, Shari.


  2. Yvonne Carpenter says:

    WOW! Fantastic sketches and what a lesson on painting in adverse conditions, lol! The last sketch is my favorite, you nailed the depiction of the high winds — no explanation necessary!

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  3. Marilyn says:

    Great capture of the wind and heat


  4. karim waked says:

    marvellous You xxx
    love the wind swept palm trees!


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  5. mayelalameda says:

    Lovely paintings Shari. Those images brought back memories. We were there in 2017 during Hurricane Irma.You definitely enjoyed better weather than we did.


  6. sandidureice says:

    Oh, exquisitely beautiful!


  7. Jon Price says:

    lovely sketches. I’ve been to Grace Bay several times myself and the scenes, beautiful turquoise water, and stormy skies look very familiar


  8. Denise says:

    Storms, wind, rain-looks like you still enjoyed a wonderful vacation. Thanks for “taking” us! Now, time for some snow ❄️


  9. Aprille says:

    I can feel that warm wind and hear the rustles of the palms. Gorgeous image!


  10. Gretchen says:

    The first painting may be “a blotchy mess”, but it really captures the ominousness of an approaching storm. I like it!


  11. Excellent paintings, you captured the windswept palms perfectly, I also like how you captured the white coreal sand, what colour do you use again for the sand? you mentioned it before.


  12. Betsy says:

    These are beautiful, and sun-drenched, and I love your “blotchy mess”. You have no idea how much I needed to see these beautiful pictures at this dark time.


  13. Brenda Staresnick says:

    ..personally I like blotchy..


  14. Looks like you had a bit of everything except snow while you were there. I love the bright colors that have me yearning for warm weather. Thanks for sharing bits of your trip.


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