Journal - Sketchbook from St. Simons Island
My partner is working in Antarctica for six weeks, and instead of staying home by myself over the holidays, I decided to travel to the east coast to visit family. Right now I'm in Vermont, but on my way here I spent a week at the beach on St. Simons Island off the Georgia coast. I've been going there since I was little so it always feels like a completely different environment, as well as a touch familiar. I mostly took some time to rest and relax while I was there, but I made a few sketchbook entries as a part of that process.

I could probably spend a lifetime exploring the treasures left by high tide and drawing them. 

These shells, husks, and bits of trash have inspired my work for many years. 

Beach collection sketchbook page

Future inspiration. I'll probably practice sketching from this photo. 

Study for more future work?

I'm quite drawn to the shapes in this Sea Whip coral. I want to put something together that captures the whole thing, but I didn't have the time or large enough paper. I have this photo and the sketchbook notes above. I also found out that Rachel Carson visited St. Simons and used to walk the beach with kids collecting these and teaching them about corals and ocean ecology*. 

*From Island Time, An Illustrated History of St. Simons Island, Georgia by Jingle Davis 

It's always nice to be back around trees and leaves when the ground is covered in snow at home.

Hopefully you enjoy this quick trip to the beach. Studies of winter and thoughts on root cellars are coming next. 

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