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04-09-2013, 05:03 AM
This year we spent our easter vacation on the German northsea island "Sylt". I really love this island with lots of high dunes and houses with thatched roofs.
We had 6 sunny days with little clouds, but it was very windy and cold.
I started a new sketchbook, a ringbound Stillman and Birn Delta, but very often I could only make quick sketches, because of the freezing, cold wind. But I made lots of sketches :)


A map of "Sylt"


This is "Morsum-Kliff" a cliff with beautiful colored layers of earth


On the western beach, near our holiday house


Candra H
04-09-2013, 09:33 AM
Those sketches are nice. I love the colours and sense of space in the watercolour ones.

And I hear you about trying to work outside when it's cold. I'm in Sutherland, Scotland, and the weather here is freezing right now. Not good for the fingers, thats for sure!

04-09-2013, 12:27 PM
Very nice watercolor sketches, you really captured the atmosphere of the oceans coastline, and like you say I bet the wind was still cold in the north sea in march. A real interesting sounding location thanks for sharing.

04-09-2013, 02:33 PM
Thank you!

This is "Kampen Lighthouse". Around the lighthouse you can make long walks through the heathland with spectacular views to the sea. There are a lot of beautiful houses with thatched roofs and lovely cultured gardens. The evergreen trees around the houses contrasting with the brown heath. It must be wonderful when the heather blooms.



04-09-2013, 02:52 PM
Such beautiful sketches of your holiday.

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:13 PM
Wonderful sketches from your holiday. I especially like the one of the lighthouse...I have a thing for them. I find that when I sketch on vacation the sketches have more meaning than any photos I take. For some reason it is easier to recall that moment when you have drawn it. I think you process it differently.

04-12-2013, 06:56 AM
Thanks Debby and Joan!

I love these white garden gates and the stone walls! I had to sketch them! The view to the sea was stunning...I wish it was my property ;)



04-12-2013, 09:27 AM
Lovely sketches. Cold fingers for drawing and painting:)

04-12-2013, 03:21 PM
I can see why you had to sketch that. Beautiful.

04-14-2013, 04:03 AM
Thank you so much for your comments!

This is at the west beach. The strong wind was blowing from east and there was no surf. The sea was flat and tame and the beach was very wide.
It was so cold, that I could only do a very quick sketch. Better than nothing ;)



04-14-2013, 03:35 PM
It's hard to sketch when your fingers are cold. Lovely beach.

04-21-2013, 10:04 PM
Nice sketches, Martina.
Seeing travel sketchbooks is the next best thing to traveling.

04-22-2013, 03:05 AM
Lovely atmospheric sketches

04-22-2013, 10:02 AM
very nice sketches, epscially admire the one of the stone wall/gate. what a great scene

Joan T
04-23-2013, 10:38 AM
I love the one of the garden gate! Nice sketches.

04-26-2013, 04:39 PM
The garden gate sketch makes me want to open the gate and go thru. What was on the other side? Did it go down to the water?
Good job even if it was cold.