The inspiration for this one was the view from the Mt Soledad veterans memorial in San Diego. It’s a beatiful spot between the memorial and the ocean cliff.
I’ve been working my way through John Muir Laws’ The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, and it is an excellent book. He puts a strong emphasis on learning how to observe while teaching the underlying ideas of how to put a nature journal together. I loved so many of his ideas. The downside? benefit? of this book is that it is too large to take to the field. On one hand, that’s very good because it forces me to focus on what is actually there. On the other? Sometimes I’d like to just take the book with me and doodle on site from the book. It particularly touches my heart because he has written extensively about the Sierra Nevada wilderness, which is where I’m from. It makes me just a touch homesick. You can find his blog here. I would definitely recommend you’d buy this book in physical form. A tablet or kindle would have difficulty with the layout, and you’d lose the full effect.
First halfway successful waves painting. Watercolor, 11 x 15″ paper. Inspiration from Laws’ Book.
I have this idea in my head of the ocean as an opportunity for a second chance. As though the salt water cleanses and purifies our souls. The ocean leaves the mind ready to go back into the fray of life. I don’t know why this young man needs this cleansing, or maybe he is just enjoying the crisp air and swirling water. Whatever he is looking for, I hope he finds it.