Monday, July 18, 2016

Sea, Sand, & Sun, 1

Grandma's Bootcamp always includes a stay at a Mediterranean beach where campers swim, play, and even go on a parachute ride. 
It's only an hour away from home, and although I drag my feet (I do not tan, I tomato), the few days at the beach provide a break in routine and everyone is happy. I always take plenty of self-entertainment.

This year was exceptional. While I sat sketching people at breakfast with a swimming pool in the background, a Frenchman said "I've always wanted to do that. May I sit down?" And so, I met J.-C., a Parisian, and we chatted about Paris, materials, and techniques. 

We sketched every morning after breakfast in an idyllic setting (no overflowing garbage at this hotel). 


J.-C., who incorporates his own cartoons into his job, "signed" my sketchbook with a delightful drawing.--> 






Sketching seems to be a good conversation starter at a beach hotel. How much time can you spend on a beach and not be bored silly? People would come talk with me, including kids. 



Donia (in the middle), who likes to draw, "signed" my sketchbook as well.--> 




Truth to tell, I only got salt water on me once, but, I did do a few laps in the pool before breakfast everyday. The kids loved the beach and the pools. Mr. M, whose skin had a grayish tint after his hospital ordeal, came home with a lovely tan and a smile, a picture of good health. Guess I can't complain!

7 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

Sewing bits of cloth together as well as sketching seems to bring out the curiosity in others. Lying around like a hot dog on a grill is not my thing either.

Karen L. Bates said...

Wonderful, glad you got some beach time even if it was for the sun tan. I think art is a language...it speaks to everyone.

O'Quilts said...

So Happy that Mr. M is tanned and lovely..all worth it...yup...no complaints allowed...
Oh, ok, You can...lol

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Ah but what fantastic sketching you produce! If I tried the crowds would gather only to laugh! :) I love the two 'signatures'.

blandina said...

So glad to hear that Mr. M is recovering and tanning. Life is good again.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Sounds like you had a good time even without vast amounts of salt water! Glad you are all doing well.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all - each of you could enjoy your time away in the manner you like best. Works for me!