This a good time to spend at the beach and do watercolor.
Cape Hedge beach has a sandy cove mixed with rock ledge at its southern end.
Every Memorial Day we open up camp on our island in the Saranac River, in the Adirondack mountains. It started wet on Friday, but Sunday cleared up. Between watching the kids swim and a Hairy Woodpecker feeding its young in a tall birch, I did some gouache sketches. Gouache is like watercolor but more opaque, if you want it to be.
The swim hole is a rocky point on the island facing southwest. The benches made from fallen trees, bark stripped, with a backdrop of cedars on the water's edge, offer a warm seat in the Spring sun.
It was one of those perfect beach days: clear air, hot sun, big waves. I sat in the sand, under the umbrella. It was a good day to gouache.
We have moved in to our Rockport home and are settling in. We took a break for a couple hours at the beach down the street, and I brought the gouache along.