I have always found sunset on the beach calming. I am pretty sure it is the combination of colors and the waves and everything coming together. I love playing with color, particularly using color pencils. The unspoken rule for me is that if my hands don’t end up with blue/colors on them, I might not have done it right! For this first picture, I wanted to try something different because usually, when I draw this scene, I only draw the sunset on the beach as it hits the sand. I was proud of this boat because of its detail.
In the second picture, I wanted to play with color again, but in a different way. I was inspired by a friend who loves lighthouses to do my take on them, but I really wanted to see if I could make the light shine out into the distance, and I think it came out very well. You may have to struggle to see it, but there is a little boat out there—and that is important too.
A few months after creating these pictures, I listened to one of my favorite Garth Brooks songs, “When You Come Back to Me Again” and I was floored because I didn’t realize what a connection I had made with these two drawings and the first verse of this song.
There’s a ship out, on the ocean
At the mercy of the sea
It’s been tossed about, lost and broken
And God somehow you know that ship is me
‘Cause there’s a lighthouse, in the harbor
Pouring its light out, across the water
For this sinking soul to see
That someone out there still believes in me
Looking at these pictures, I know there is a story there—and I am going to work on telling it. I just wanted to get a start going. There will be more to come!
(Also, I do not own the rights/etc., to Garth Brooks’ music, but I wanted to show the lyrics in case you a) don’t like country music, b) are in a place where you cannot listen to music at the moment, or c) just don’t want to go somewhere else.)
Until next time…