Usually, I’m a traditional, set-in-my-ways sort of person when it comes to creating. I have my sweet spot in the house (an old family rocking chair in the corner of the living room, with my handy-dandy, cheap, plastic folding table from Wal-Mart to draw on), where I do pretty much all of my drawing. Yes, I do take drawing supplies along with me on vacations, but rarely do I create anything worthwhile away from that one little sweet spot in the living room. I guess I’m just programmed to create my best in that one little corner of the world with the tv going and my sweet cat, Oliver, checking in on me frequently.
But one of the most beautiful places anywhere (at least in my opinion) is the Great Lakes, especially Lake Superior. What an amazing, breathtaking place that is. I encourage you to go visit it sometime, if the opportunity ever arrives. I try to spend some time on the wonderful lakeshores every summer, if I can. While I was there two years ago, I had some spare time one afternoon, and decided to do what so many artists do. So, I took up my drawing supplies and a pad of paper, and went down to the edge of that clear, cool water and relaxed as I enjoyed the view and took out my pens to try to capture a bit of the beautiful shore. Drawing outside doesn’t often work out for me, but I found it so enjoyable this time when I did it that I hope to do it some more this summer if I get the chance.
Here is my drawing. It is too light by comparison to those dark rocks, but I was only able to sit there for an hour or so before the sun was setting and the air started to get cold. It was a really fun exercise though, and something I ought to do more often.
As I was drawing, my mom (I was vacationing with my parents) snuck up behind me and captured a couple of photos. So, this is me. 🙂
Here are a few shots of the views we had there. It was stunning. I enjoyed every minute of that vacation.
A foggy sunrise over Lake Superior. It was so pretty.
The steps that led from our motel down to the waters’ edge.
I hope you enjoy! Thanks for looking.