After months of sketching Seattle indoor cafe scenes, I decided to pursue a theme of outdoor activity while on vacation in Southern California. With the Pacific Ocean in view, outdoor activity prevails.
|San Clemente Aquatic Center|
I discovered a massive community of outdoor activity at the San Clemente Aquatic Center. Coaches and a lifeguard waited for classes to begin at one of the aquatic center’s gigantic pools. The pristine building facility created a light-filled backdrop for the aqua water. The students impressed me. They were confident and strong, swimming laps for a full hour.
One day, my busy hosts gave me their car keys and said; you don’t mind entertaining yourself do you? No problem, after all, I was in Orange County, the happiest place on earth (Disneyland).
|Historic City Hall, San Clemente, California|
I found happiness sketching in downtown San Clemente, a picturesque coastal town filled with Spanish-style architecture. Known as the home of the Western White House during the Nixon years, the white stucco buildings and red tile roofs glistened under a clear cerulean blue sky.
|San Clemente Pier Fishing|
I appreciated all day free parking. No need to watch the clock as I walked the beach and San Clemente Pier. A solitary man was fishing and surfers tried their best to catch waves.
In San Clemente, beach trails run along the coast. Sitting under a cabana, I sketched walkers, tall palms, and a trail lifeguard station. On the only overcast day, two young women practiced passing a soccer ball with professional skill.
The last sketch of the series was created while listening to the sound of surf.
Finding colors to represent green water and pale sand, I was glad I brought my kit to the beach.