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Getting Ready for the Sketching Season



For several years, I've primarily sketched animals, but beginning this year, I'm learning new drawing styles.

I started dabbling in location sketching on our 3 month cruise last year (2022), but still stuck close to what I knew, namely animals. The benefit is that when I took pictures of the ones I saw while traveling, I could pat their heads and scratch behind their ears.

This year, I plan on sketching marinas and parks when we visit them, which means architecture and trees, neither of which I have great skills, at least in spring 2023. Posted here, and updated periodically, are my practice sketches based on last year's photos. By the time we take off, the renderings should be good enough for our Ship's Art page.

Chipman Point Marina is a family-run marina located on the shores of Lake Champlain in upstate New York. Sketched by Karen Little in April 2023.

Champlain Memorial Lighthouse as Seen from under the Champlain Bridge

Champlain Memorial Lighthouse as seen from under the Champlain Bridge between New York and Vermont. Sketched by Karen Little in April 2023.

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May the tides be with you! 

First Mate, Karen Little


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