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Pastel Sketch of Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach from “Visit Sunshine Coast”

It is a beautiful hot sunny Spring day here on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland so hubby, son and I set out to Moffat Beach for a morning of sun, sea and – for me – sketching.

Rather than drown, I drew

I’m not the most buoyant in the water and while my son snorkelled and my husband scuba dived with his local dive team, I retreated to the safety of the sand after my customary five minutes of panic-breathing and treading water not much deeper than my height.  It was actually a lovely calm ocean today, sad for the surfers, but I was happy. It meant I got more than my ankles wet.

I’ve never been a strong swimmer and in Australian oceans I really don’t feel at home, unlike in the balmy Mediterranean or Aegean Seas of Europe.  However, rather than put on a brave face and pretend I’m better than I am, I am at least honest these days.  So when the scuba divers came back with tales of what they’d seen several metres below, I admitted how I’d only just managed to get my face submerged once.  Of course my teenage son added painful details immediately, and with a little too much glee for my liking, so honesty was really the best way to go, rather than trying to save face.

I came into my own though, when I whipped out my sketch book and proudly showed the water babies that my own strength was in capturing, rather than immersing in, the sea. The sketch got a few raised eyebrows, approving gestures and “You did that just now?”, so I think I regained some ground that had just been swallowed up in the watery depths of my swimming!

The sketch

Pastel sketch of Moffat Beach

Pastel sketch of Moffat Beach

I used pastel pencils that I bought recently from a local shop, and a small sketch pad that fitted nicely into my beach bag.

When we chose our spot, it was in the quieter end of the beach with one or two couples around, but not too close.  I had an unimpeded view of the headland and happily got into testing the new pencils.  I quite liked them, they were easy to use in the environment and didn’t need anything other than a few clean finger tips to smudge.

However, I’d got as far as sketching the sky and smaller tree when my world became crowded with one family of three generations perching on the rocks right behind me, and another couple who stuck their sun brolly into the sand right in the centre of my line of sight.

Photo of Moffat Beach with a sunbathing neighbour.

Photo of Moffat Beach with a sunbathing neighbour.

I felt like getting angry, then remembered I didn’t actually have sole rights to the beach, so chose to ignore it all and got on with sketching.

Occasionally I heard members of the family behind me saying, “that looks so realistic”, “I wonder if she teaches”, “she’s got the colours just right.”

The Leo in me quite liked the admiration, so I turned and smiled and we ended up having a nice chat.  Their feedback on the colours I was using was actually helpful, because the sun was so bright, it was hard to tell what was dark blue and what was dark green.  It was also encouraging when they asked if I did this for a living and did I teach it.

When it was time to leave so the divers could gain access to their towels etc (I held the car keys), the family told me to keep painting and using my talents.  I took that as encouraging advice from the Universe, wished them a wonderful day and trudged back over the sand to the diving team with my son.


For a sketch done in an hour or less, with a new medium and in glaringly bright light, I am happy with the little painting.  I sprayed it with some matt fixative so it won’t smudge and am considering taking my pad along tomorrow when we go to the beach again.

I’ve been away, but I’m back and on a Trail!

I’ve been quiet on the posting front for a month as I’ve been visiting my mum in the UK.

It was difficult to gain access to the internet as, at 92, my mum isn’t on line in any way, shape or  form!  I also spent time with her, my sister and some of my relatives and friends – some of whom I haven’t seen in 25 years, so that didn’t leave any time for felting.  Plus the fact that mum lives in a very small unit and her kitchen bench wouldn’t have been big enough to make anything larger than a coaster, so I left my wool and silk at home in Australia while I went on my UK trip.

I’m back now though, have got over the jetlag that hits you when you’ve travelled forward in time … I think it has something to do with the magnetic fields, but who knows… and I’m ready to get creating again.

My current project isn’t as photo-friendly as my felting, as it is a ‘personal growth work book’.  I won’t share any more details at the moment because it is still in the writing stage and I don’t want to give away any spoilers!

After I’ve got that under my belt, I’ll be focusing on more scarves as it’s winter here now, and I also want to experiment with some more vases as I really liked how the turquoise vase turned out.  I’ll be working towards a local art exhibition in October too, with an auction as part of that, and the vases plus a couple more wall hangings will be projects that will keep me busy from now until then! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves …

One thing I am also excited about though is that I am part of a local arts trail – and we have a WordPress blog called: the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail

We are having our launch dates this June and July, specifically,

22 and 23 June
29 and 30 June
6 and 7 July
13 and 14 July

and if you’re in the area you are welcome to come along and meet all ten of us who are a group of diverse artists, yet who have studios in a relatively compact area.  If you’re interested in meeting us and viewing our art, check out the Arts Trail blog brochure and map.

In the meantime, here are a couple of photos of my recent trip:

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