We recently enjoyed a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my husband’s family. It was a great time of togetherness and fun — our oldest boys went crazy for the ocean, and while our littlest guy thought the waves were “too scary,” he loved digging in the sand.
On Monday morning I was able to paint while everyone else was enjoying the beach. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was only a short distance from where we were staying, so I rode over to check it out. At that time of the morning, I didn’t really think I had a great view of the lighthouse tower (it was kind of backlit from the angle that I could see), so I decided to get closer and paint the entrance at the base of the tower. When I first started painting, the area was fairly empty, but later in the morning a line to tour the lighthouse formed, and lots of people stopped to talk to me, which was fun.
On Friday morning I set up my easel with a view of Whale Head Bay off the Currituck Sound. I used what has become my usual technique lately — starting in watercolor and then coming back and adding pastel. There were some nice things happening at the watercolor stage, but adding pastel really helped to define the pier shelter.
As a final touch, I added in some of the birds that I saw.