Dia de los muertos – Mazatlán

There were many interesting spots to sketch but not always a good place to stand or sit on the narrow sidewalks. And there was also the heat and sun to try and avoid. One of the main squares provided a spot to sit in the shade for a quick sketch.

One of the many huge skull decorations.

A small part of a long facade on the square.

And, as usual on our trips, we sought out the local brewpub which had a very hip interior – part open air courtyard with a devilish mural – and the vintage black and white Disney cartoon, Hell’s Bells on the TV screen over the bar.

Mazatlán – Day one, on the beach

Hot, sunny and sandy on the Pacific Ocean at the the El Cid Resort. Such friendly, warm people.

I haven’t been painting regularly, so I was definitely rusty. But happy to be drawing and painting. I couldn’t resist a quick sketch of my drink before it melted.

Another benefit of sketching in public, meeting people who are curious as to what I was up to. I was definitely the only person sketching on the beach.

Reflecting on reflections

Our local sketching group headed to The Grotto last Saturday. This is a local landmark and green space with a narrow waterway around the perimeter. I was attracted by the water and the reflections, but underestimated the difficulty in capturing it. Regardless, it was a beautiful day in the delightful company of enthusiastic sketchers.


On a recent getaway to a southern Ontario campground there was plenty of subject matter to sketch. But, in the end I was drawn to this, the remnants after the pickles had all been eaten.

Pencil in hand

Drawing skills get rusty easily. I found some motivation to get drawing again with just pencil (made me really appreciate how quick it is to get shadows and volume in watercolour). After a few days of drawing I could feel the knack coming back.