Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Days at sea

"Days at Sea"
South American Cruise

We arrived back in town Monday afternoon from Buenos Aires, Argentina, after a wonderful cruise around the southern regions of South America. We have never travelled by cruise ship before, but figured seeing the Chilean Fjords, Patagonia, the Straits of Magellan, Tierra Del Fuego, Uruguay, and Argentina, and rounding Cape Horn in the lap of luxury just might be fun to try. Then we stayed in a small Bed and Breakfast in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires for 7 days where we got to pretty much fend for ourselves with our poor Spanish to prove to ourselves we are still capable of independent travel.

I did some sketching and some painting while on the ship. This piece was fun to do and qualifies as experimental. We spent many multiple days at sea without stopping in ports and there were lots of activities, but many people truly enjoy just relaxing. One day I sat in a coffee lounge and did a bit of surreptitious sketching. The following day I stamped watercolor onto cold pressed Arches using toilet tissue. After the paper dried, I drew freehand with a micron pen. I decided to throw in Bob doing the same activity -- reading/sleeping in our stateroom. I then applied some color to parts of the drawings. I'm not sure where this will take me in the future, but Bob really liked the whimsical quality of "Days at Sea."

I have much catching up to do on everyone's blogs, my e-mail, and egad, my taxes. This will take some time.


simoart said...

I love them, it is great to experiment, great outcome. Thanks for your comment on my blog, my son enjoys reading them. Thanks Adriana

Sheila said...

Wow... you're like the Navy Seals of painters using whatever is available to complete your mission. I love the results and am glad you're back!

Mary Paquet said...

Thanks to Simoart and Sheila for your comments. I love engaging with my online art friends.

Sheila, you are right -- I had very little in the way of art materials, so I improvised.

Nancy said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Welcome back! I look forward to seeing more art from you.