Monday, July 24, 2006

Beach Bums...

The weather's hot. Summers in Toronto, Canada are unpredictable, but this year's been pretty fine so far. Seems like a good time to post a few watercolours of beach scenes. The thing is, we haven't actually been down to our beach to paint this year, so we'll have to make do with older views.

Here are three sketches of our neighbourhood Toronto Kew Beach area by John:



And three sketches of Pacific coast beaches in Costa Rica by Arna:



33 comments:

belinha said...

Hello Arna and John!Beautifull sketches!I can almost ear the sound of water!Thanks for your words on my Green Devil!I like it also!Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't!!!I'm going to take a few days to go to the beach.I'm tired.I spent too much time in front of PC learning how to use Corel.Now I can't look at my computer anymore!!! I must get some wind on my face, wet my feet and smell the sea...you know!

Emma said...

Wow! Were these done on location? They're gorgeous. I haven't gotten the courage to work wet-in-wet yet... these are beautiful.

geenpool said...

mad skills with the watercolor. Damn...those are feckin' beautiful.

Ryan said...

Wow these are nice.

Stef said...

Those watercolours are absolutely beautiful!!! How big are they?

hobo divine said...

Peaceful paintings and I really really really like your banner... it reminds me of some vinyl covers I have like Joan Baez and such.

Alina Chau said...

These are beautiful!! WOW ! WOW!!

vikrant said...

very nice watercolors.i like it.

Daniel L. said...

Man you guys are so talented...

Mark Ackland said...

I always wished I could paint! No patience...and too lazy! I like picking up a pencil, drawing, putting said pencil down. No fuss, no muss! Anyhow, these are fantastic!!!!

Nice seeing you at sushi!

Dominic Bugatto said...

These are lovely.

potato farm girl said...

Love these watercolors!!! They are so happy!

the doodlers said...

Belinha!Thanks! It's always involving learning new software. I love it, but time flies then before you knowe it you are a ghost of your former self. I hope that you have big fun at the beach and come back restored.
Emma, Yes, these are all location sketches. Of course you just gotta jump in with both feet and get wet. Who cares if they don't always work out, your stuff is so good, we're sure you will pick up the technique fast.
Geenpool, thanks! Love your silly silly (I mean that in a good way)characters...
Ryan, Much thanks to the fellow who draws well-fed skeleton pirates.
Stef! Hallooo and thank you for the super kind compliment. Such an honour coming from you. These paintings are approx 7 by 9 inches, or 9 by 12 inches, all done on watercolour blocks, so they're easy to carry around and use on location.
Jamie, Thanks for the link back to us. You do such amazing work. The art on our current banner was actually done around 1969. I(Arna)was very into Joan Baez then... I don't remember her record covers but I'm sure they were an influence.
Alina, Sweet of you to say!! We really love your recent buffalo for illustration Friday.
Vikrant. Amazing photos on your new blog. Just great. We'll visit again soon.
Daniel, Hiya! Umm... (Blush)gee. Garsh. What's up?
Mark, Hi again. Nice to run into you last night. I still have a sushi after glow... Okay, so could just pretend the brush is a pencil, pick it up, dunk it in the paint then goof around... hey, I wanna see you paint something. Paint Jugle. And...you call yourself lazy??! I don't think so. This from the guy directing an animation series right now. Yeah right, anyone knows directors are the laziest people in animation.
Dominic, best regards, we liked blurking around your site earlier today...lots to see, great illustration. We'll go back soon!

~Cheers all!

mauricio salmon said...

wow those are really beautiful watercolors, i wish i could see them in person, i bet they are even more vibrant!

justinpatrickparpan said...

Splendid work guys, this is really some lovley water color. Second to the last pecie of work is my favorite!

ken said...

lovely paintings! and the sketches below are great too

Chris Battle said...

Beautiful work! Makes one want to move up north... :)

Thanks for the link!

enzo avolio said...

Very inspiring work!
Full of life.

Clio said...

Holy crap these are amazing!! Such good control you guys have on these... I wanna see how you do it! I especially like the jaggy shadows on the bottom right of the first one and the blue leaks on the last. Man, WOW!

warren said...

these are really nice, guys!

Raymond Xu said...

lovely watercolours!

Gerald said...

Every one of these watercolor pieces are so beautiful. The fourth one has a gorgeous choice of colors. And the fifth one is my favorite.

ess said...

Wow! Those watercolours are great.

Can I borrow,mmm... maybe 2% of your talent? You won't miss it will you? I promise to return it.

Matt J said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS watercolours guys!

Matt J said...

Top one by J & bottom one by A are my faves. Just super transparencies & layering of colour. The different textures are captured exquisitely.

Jack Ruttan said...

Great shadows under the leaves. Working on my trees. My greens are pretty acid or olive drab at the moment.

Lee-Roy said...

Beautiful! I'm doing some landscape watercolors tomorrow.

The use of color in these is spectacular. Wow.

vikrant said...

hello doodlers,
thanx for your comments on my blog.even i love watercolors.you are welcome to see my landscapes on my blog.

http://www.vikrantshitole.blogspot.com/

keep posting.
cya

martin wittig said...

AWESOME WORK!!:)

Petri Jääskeläinen said...

Very beautiful!! :)

Matthew Cruickshank said...

The last one is my favourite, but they are all exceptional!

Justin K. Thompson said...

Nicely done.

Drazen said...

beautiful