It was a quick trip, but I did a couple of more sketches. One on the beach, where the wind helped get my sky a bit muddy, and one of the moon rise as Jill and I waited for the morning ferry to start the trip back home.
Plus I did a little sketching at the Jolly Roger, where we had a patio table overlooking the harbor with pelicans sitting up on posts.
I took a few days last minute vacation and joined my sisters and best friend at the beach. I've been buried in my book project still, and I was across the continent and had written off being able to join them, but my best friend decided just to fly over close and rent a car to get to the remote destination of Ocracoke for a few days this past week, and that let me join her and have transportation. So I went. It was delightful. I loved seeing my deep soul people, and it was good to have a couple of days of total hanging out and no work. I managed to do good work in the airport both ways to make up for the break. And I did a bit of sketching just for myself in my journal while I was there, since I wanted to remember this special time.
Above is the lighthouse on Ocracoke. I felt like I'd been dropped into an Andrew Wyeth landscape. And there were pelicans, which utterly delight me.
I did a sketch in the car with the sisters as we drove from Raleigh.
There's a sweet little mixed sand and stone beach at a boat ramp just at the junction of two rivers that has become my favorite place out here. It's got gorgeous trees with ferns and exposed roots hanging over the beach, so you can lean against a cedar trunk and still have your bare feet in the sand. The music of the water is gorgeous, and the views in both directions are flat out lovely. I have so enjoyed going there to picnic, sketch, and simply breathe deeply and enjoy the place. I took advantage of a recent sunny day and did just that. I sketched looking away from the beach, so this isn't a normal beach scene, but it's a part of what keeps drawing me back to that place.