Between the Azores and Brittany

Last Sunday evening our ship left the Azores Islands and this morning we docked at Brest on Frances’ Brittany coast. Here are five sketches from the last five days.

Watching the Azores Islands Disappear

It was still warm as we left the Azores and I was able to sketch comfortably on deck. I love the way the passengers attentively study the sea during departures and arrivals. Each stands alone yet companionably, and I wanted to capture a bit of this feeling with this sketch.


Azores Sunset

This sketch is also from our departure from the Azores but a bit later in the evening. Both of these two sketch are with gouache in a 9 X 9 sketchbook with black paper.


IPad Sketch of Two Musicians

I had my iPad and sketched a bit while I was listening to some of the performers on the ship.


Bow of the Prinsendam

This and the next sketch are of the Prinsendam’s bow. Although my California bones are finding it cold here in the Atlantic, I was able to sketch the first one while standing up on the deck above the bridge. Later, I retreated to the warmth of my cabin and made a second painting of the bow, using the first sketch and some photos. Both are gouache sketches in a large 12 X 12 sketchbook with black paper. The one below is my favorite because of the shapes and colors.

Bow of the Prinsendam ll

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11 Responses to Between the Azores and Brittany

  1. Deb says:

    The violinist looks like she’s enjoying herself! I particularly like the passengers at the railing and the bow of the boat ones. Are you going to be in Paris in the next few days?

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  2. Bows 2 is awesomely framed!

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  3. equinoxio21 says:

    I like the sketches. Lots of feeling.
    (But be careful: Brest is in Brittany. NOT in Normandy… Trust a Breton)

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  4. I like that view from the bow– and all that blue!

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  5. Rui M. Reis says:

    Reblogged this on Potato Flower.

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