Bev Makes Dinner

Sketch of a woman cooking in her kitchen by Sarah Sullivan

Bev Makes Dinner

It is so much fun to try to capture a lively scene. My friend Bev moves around her busy Hawaiian kitchen with a confidence that inspires my deep admiration. My only complaint is that she never holds still! 

I sketched this with a fine blue pen and later went back with a black gel pen to add emphasis to parts of the drawing. 

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The Moment of Sunset

Sketch of the moment the sun sets by Sarah Sullivan

The Moment of Sunset

I have been noticing how just about everyone stops talking and moving to watch the moment the sun sets. I wanted to show how people are captivated by sunsets by contrasting the vivid colors in the sky with the focused attention of these four friends on the distant sun. 

This is a pen and watercolor sketch.

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To the Airport

Sketch of people on a bus by Sarah Sullivan

To the Airport

We are headed on to Kauai for the rest of our trip and got great seats on the airport bus for some quick sketches. 

This is a pencil and watercolor sketch.

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Along the North Shore of Oahu

Sketch of a beach Along the North Shore of Oahu by Sarah Sullivan

Along the North Shore of Oahu

Sketch of people Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu by Sarah Sullivan

Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu


Yesterday we circumnavigated Oahu, stopping to sketch, swim and enjoy the island from time to time. I wanted to convey my admiration for the island, surf and the people who take pleasure in it and made a series of quick pen and watercolor sketches. I was challenged to capture a single moment in fast moving scenes of crashing waves and dashing surfers. I think the sketches where I used quick broken pen lines and very wet paint to mimic the motion are the most effective.

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Morning at Kapi’olani Beach 

Sketch of Morning at Kapi'olani Beach by Sarah Sullivan

Morning at Kapi’olani Beach

Although I did not have much time for sketching yesterday, I did get this fast sketch of early sunbathers at Kapi’olani Beach before we took off for the day at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I think it works better than the sketch I posted yesterday because the shapes are simplified and the pen marks show through the watercolor.

This is a pen and watercolor sketch. 

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Waikiki Sunrise From a Hotel Window

Sketch of a Waikiki Sunrise by Sarah Sullivan

Waikiki Sunrise From a Hotel Window

Looking out the hotel window this morning at dawn, the sun was rising behind the hotel on my left. Some of the palm trees and the grass below were illuminated but the hotel’s shadow fell across most of the area to the right. I did not really capture this although it was my goal with this first sketch on our Hawaiian trip. I think I can simplify this scene and then try again another morning.

This is a gouache sketch on black paper.

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Same Intersection, Different Sketches

Here are two more sketches of the same intersection as yesterday’s sketch in Old Town at Twiggs and San Diego Avenue that I dew in this past week. In each sketch I stood where a line (the double yellow line in the street or the crack in the sidewalk) recedes back to the vanishing point on the horizon. Although the line acts as a reference and helps me think about how to draw each scene, in retrospect I see that I still have inaccurately drawn objects in each sketch. I think my intuition about how to draw cityscapes leads me astray. I should probably draw many similar scenes and take the time to measure how the parts fit together.

Both sketches are gouache and pastel, one on white paper and one on black.

 

 

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