Sunday, January 12, 2014

Along the Beach I - A Work in Progress

Well, thanks to yesterdays thaw and rain my driveway by the end of the day looked like a river running beside the house carrying the water down to the main road.

But with the temperature dropping down overnight to 26F (-3C) the rain has turned to snow and the ice has a dusting of snow over top of it making it treacherous for the unwary who are walking on the ice. But at least it isn't foggy anymore, so there is always a bright side somewhere.

Today I worked on another of the sketches I had started while in Veradero, Cuba a number of years ago and I will post this drawing at a later date once it has been completed.

Veradero is located on the Hicacos Peninsula which is separated from Cuba by the Kawama Channel and although the peninsula is less than 3/4 mile (1.2km) at its widest point it extends almost 13 miles (20km) from the mainland.

We took a tour into the city of Matanzas, the provincial capital and wandered through the streets and visited many of the historical and cultural sites. The open market was a fascinating place to visit and we purchased some of the fresh fruit and a couple of shirts.

I thoroughly enjoyed going through a shop where they handmade books starting with the paper made from palm trees, which was hand cut, printed, stitched and bound. I purchased a blank book which I have not used, but I enjoy taking it out occasionally and appreciate all the work that went into creating   the texture of the paper.

Each day when we had returned from our excursions Ron and I would walk along the 6 miles (21km) of the beautiful white sand Veradero beach and watch the wind surfers and kite surfers skim across the surface of the turquoise waters.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and look at the artwork. I hope you will return often.