We had a really good time, but busy as my sister wanted to see every attraction possible in the area. We took a ferry tour of the outer islands and saw the wild ponies on Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Both islands are pretty much natural with little interference from man, especially Shackleford Banks. Cape Lookout does have amenities of sorts including a visitor's center and camping is allowed and you can find out more about what's available HERE.
And this is a photo of the lighthouse itself:
The original was the w/c pencil dampened with a waterbrush and looked kind of insipid. I had lunch with my granddaughter yesterday then we went to Hobby Lobby where I found some Koh I Nor tri-toned colored pencils and had to buy them (I have said many times that I'm an art supply junkie!) Anyway, I colored the lighthouse with these pencils but had to use a regular colored pencil for the black of the lighthouse pattern.
I'd like to try these pencils again on a painting that hasn't been pre-colored. They don't seem to have the pigment load of a lot of artist quality colored pencils and seem to be more like the colored pencils we used in grade school. But I do want to give them a fair chance. Here's a link for you to check them out.
|Wild Horses on Shackleford Banks|
We also visited the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium (http://www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores) and that was really interesting although I wasn't able to get very good photos. They have some huge tanks and between the glass, water and moving fish, most of the shots were very blurry. Oh, and did I mention throngs of rude children on field trips jostling you? The following is one of the better photos:
|Jelly Fish at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium|
I have lots more photos and hope to find some that will inspire me to paint something soon. It's been kinda hectic around here though and I don't really see any let up any time soon. Maybe it will just be quick sketches with the new colored pencils for the time being!
One last bit of news, I just got notification that I'd sold a print of my calla lilies on Fine Art America. It's one of my favorite paintings so it was especially gratifying that someone else liked it well enough to purchase it. Here it is if you don't know what it looks like: