Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Days 48 and 49

Day 48 was our first full day in Maui. We decided after breakfast to use the day to drive the Road to Hana. I had visions of stopping at numerous waterfalls and watching the kids splash in the pools while I sketched happily away.

It didn't quite work out that way. The waterfalls were much less impressive than the first time I did this tour (about 14 years ago), possibly because of a drought or because the water is being diverted for farming. Whatever the reason, the kids were only in the water once and it was more standing than swimming.

Sketching while riding along this twisty road seemed like a recipe for motion sickness, so I didn't even try. After many hours of riding, we stopped for a late dinner.

One of the lessons I've learned with this Sketch365 project is that if I don't have a small nugget of interest in a subject and I try to sketch it, the sketch will be garbage. When a sketch feels like garbage to me, I don't want to share it here and inevitably I do another sketch so I do have something to share.

Day 48 I was too tired to do a garbage sketch and there was not one single thing worthy in the restaurant to sketch. So I decided to wait and sketch when we got back to the hotel.

And here is where I keep my word about being honest...
When I got back to the hotel I TOTALLY forgot about my sketch. I went to bed without sketching on Day 48.

The next day I woke up early because I was having a nightmare. As soon as I woke up I realized I had forgotten my sketch. I won't kid you, it was a big disappointment. But there was no going back, I had to go forward.

Both of the sketches below were completed on Day 49. I did two to make up for the one I missed on Day 48. It was the best I could do.

penguin sketch
sepia pen in Cahier pocket sketch book
copyright 2010 Stacy L. Rowan

I know penguins are the last subject someone would imagine from a trip to Hawaii, which is why I had to sketch one. This penguin lives in the lobby at the Hyatt Regency Maui along with his friends.

Just a few steps away from the penguins, I found a seat and sat down to sketch this hibiscus flower. There are some beautiful flowers around the Hyatt grounds.

hibiscus sketch
sepia ink in cahier pocket sketch book
copyright 2010 Stacy L. Rowan


Jennifer Rose said...

missing a few days isn't a huge deal. the fact that you are doing the challenge at all is what matters. life can get in the way of things like this

nice sketches tho :) cute penguin :) so people feed the penguin?

Stacy said...

Sorry Jennifer, somehow I missed your comment. Thank you for your supportive words. On one hand I know missing a day isn't a huge deal. But on the other, I can't let myself think that it's okay to skip days or I'll be back to only occassional sketches.

As for the penguins, the hotel employees feed them. But guests can watch.