We spent three days on the boat with short excursions onto the islands. We hiked, learned about the history of the place, kayaked, snorkeled, made friends, observed wildlife, shared knowledge.
We sketched, drew, painted, and journaled during all three days - on the boat and the shore. And even some in the water.
The boat and crew provided us with a place to sleep, delicious food, companionship, and a unique opportunity to see the Channel Islands National Park. Our requests were met with a smile and eagerness to make it the best trip possible. I felt well taken care of.
What I try to remember most about this trip is that feeling of sharing a unique, pristine place with a bunch of people that enjoyed doing what they were doing.
The boat's name was "Conception". It was its last trip before the one that ended in tragedy on September 2nd, 2019.
Right now it feels like this trip was in a different life, in a different world. I did not know if I should post this. What for. Why. But then I did.
I would like to show you some of the sketches from this trip. Share a tiny bit of that beautiful place in a spirit of doing what I love and sharing it with others.
Map drawn on the evening when we all gathered in Santa Barbara:
On the shore I got my gouache kit out.
We had a chance to snorkel and I sketched some of the underwater world and I did a super quick drawing of our boat from the kayak.
During our outings to the islands I tried to draw all kinds of treasures:
I am glad I had this chance to see the place. And spend this time with a great group of people.
Suhita wrote a very thoughtful post with a different look at our trip and posting it on her blog - start here.