Tag Archive | beach

water, light, air

waves pencil 1s

these waves like children–
splashing colors and laughing
back and forth between

wind breathes through water, dancing
with incandescent reply

I didn’t do much drawing at the beach this year, but I did take my art supplies down to the water one day, battling both the errant waves and the wind.  I also took many photos, but my adventures with camera settings means they need a lot of work.

waves pencil 2s

Tanka using Colleen’s prompt (in loose association); drawings in ink and watercolor pencils.


Beach I Ching 14


#21 Shih Ho    Justice

the search for truth
insisting on fairness
develop balance in all things

in proportion
everything connected
conscious awareness in circles

cutting out illusions
exposing the center of truth
the heart

alert mindful
truth and integrity
actions lead to consequences

looking deeply
wisdom decides action
everything is connected

thunder lightning
destruction and cleansing
rise up and cast out negatives

breathing growing
keep making connections
use power for the good of all

the quest for truth
stop speaking and listen
light revealing unobstructed

The truth
eyes open light shining
seeing through illusion and lies

I’ve been considering this hexagram since August.  The classical name for it is “Biting Through”, and the classical interpretations are all about punishment.  But the words “justice” and “truth” kept popping up as I searched through different translations and commentaries, and I think those words are closer to the spirit of the lines.

“The Quotable I Ching” actually called it Justice in one of its posts, suggesting that a look at the tarot card Justice would also provide insight.  And it did.

The cinquain cycle is a compilation of ideas from the various commentaries on Shih Ho that I read though and thought about as I looked at the hexagram.  As seems to be always the case, its wisdom is needed in the time and place the world is inhabiting right now.

You can see all the Beach I Chings I’ve done so far here.

Observation and Advice

by the sea s

The rainbow
is gone, replaced by
a strange light.

To stop time,
don’t pretend:
live like the sea,
changing constantly.

The poem uses the Secret Keeper’s prompt words this week

Watercolor landscape based on a blending of my beach sketches.

In the Margins of Time

in the margins of time s

resting in the margins of time
 randomly scattered on the shore
reflecting from sound waves that shine
emptiness opening for more

randomly scattered on the shore
existing on edges brown blue
emptiness opening for more
counterparting rough into smooth

existing on edges brown blue
holding fast to the second sight
counterparting rough into smooth
untranslating black into bright

holding fast to the second sight
reflecting from sound waves that shine
untranslating black into bright
resting in the margins of time

Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week was to write a pantoum, using the words Bright, smooth, shore, blue, reflecting


The photo of pebbles on the shore invites the rhythm of the waves, which works well with the repetitions of the pantoum form.

Oyster Shells

oyster shells 2s

riding crested waves
drifting on currents landing
where sand meets sea

oyster shell 3s

Mostly oyster shells on the beach this year.

oyster shell 4s

That’s OK; I love to draw them with their subtle colors and convolutions.

oyster shells 1s

And I did!

Water Sky Sea

sea sketch 1s

azure purple white moving lines
rhythmic rolling surf blurring time
slowly curls rise melancholy
echo clouds in water sky sea

hover shadows keep sounding gulls
transparent foam white indigo
layered closely blending grey green
echo clouds in water sky sea

moving towards retreating under
breaking colors shattered tendered
patterns cover pause sigh reveal
echo clouds in water sky sea

dreams becoming tangled with light
days saturating into night
voices rise now surrounding me
echo clouds in water sky sea

gold aureola prideful moon
pulls silence into thundered dune
footprints wait where I used to be
echo clouds in water sky sea

sea sketch 2s

I took my pen and colored pencils down to the beach, and once again attempted to draw the waves.  But mostly I sat, hypnotized in reverie.

The poem uses the secret keeper’s words for the week
and, yet again, repetition.  I think I’m still caught in the rhythm of the ocean.  And there will be more because Jane has a sea and sky prompt this week too.


dunes 2016 3s

In case you were wondering…

dunes 2016 2s

well, yes, as a matter of fact,

dunes 2016 1s

I did draw the dunes at the beach again this year.

dunes 2016 4s

Neocolors, watercolor pencils, neocolors, neocolors (top to bottom)

A Gift From the Sea

bone sketch bottom s

at rest in between
sea and land, water and wind
shaping spanning time

bone sketch top s

This year was not a good one for collecting shells.  But one morning on a walk along the beach, my daughters and I found, half-buried in the sand, a piece of what appears to be a sea turtle bone.

bone photo comp

I drew it from both sides, and I also took photos.

bone side comp

Only in the close up can you see the subtle lines of the shell.

bone close up s

Once home I looked up sea turtle skeletons online.

sea turtle skeleton s

Sea turtles are one of the few creatures to have both an internal and external skeleton.

sea turtle bone s

And of course this must go in Nina’s turtle shell collection!  I will give it to her the next time we meet for lunch.

You can read more about sea turtle anatomy here.

Of Whelks and Water

whelk 1 2015 comp

I think I’ve got it straight now:  whelks live in temperate waters and are carnivores and scavengers.  A conch is a herbivore that lives in the tropics.  So my shells from North Carolina are whelks.  (http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blog/2015/03/02/whats-in-a-name-conch-vs-whelk/)

whelks 2015s

I collected quite a few this year.  Usually they are a rare find.

whelk 2 2015 s

Being July 1, when thoughts turn to the beach (if they haven’t already), I thought I’d reprise my beach trip in May a bit.

ocean pencil drawing s

When I sat on the beach and tried to draw the ocean, I had a lot of trouble.  So I took some of my photos and printed them out and worked from those to draw and paint the waves.  The colored pencil drawing looks good, but it was so tedious to do I didn’t really finish.

painted ocean s

The watercolor was more fun, but doesn’t look like the ocean at all.

shell group 2015 1s

And just for good measure, more shells.

Happy July!


Beach I Ching 11

                #42 Yi       Blessing, Increase

#42 Yi
Blessing, Increase

Wilhelm calls this hexagram “the fundamental idea of I Ching.”

“If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.”

“Do not be selfish with your good fortune.  Spread your wealth.  When you are generous to others you are being generous to yourself as well.”  (ichingmeditations.com)

“A kind heart does not make demands or ask for recognition.”  (divination.com)

This is a joyful hexagram of inspiration and abundance.  But, as dreamhawk.com cautions:  “Hexagram 42 shows the need to be generous with the abundance we have been able to collect.”

Wilhelm again:
“To rule truly is to serve.”
“Increase of what is below at the cost of what is above is out-and-out increase, because it benefits the whole people.”

…Congress?  Anyone in charge out there listening…?

i ching 11 #42 s

I still have beach i chings from 2014 left to complete, but I did do a new set of photos this year at the beach.  They are very different in both shells used and feel.  At first look, I’m not as happy with them, but we’ll see what happens when it comes time to really examine and explore them.

In the meantime, I’m off for a long weekend of family visiting.  Back next week.