I spent the day in Beaufort, SC, sketching with my ipad. It isn’t quite paper, but I like the portability of drawing with a tablet.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when visiting a new exciting place. Ipad sketches let me work without having to carry a lot of supplies.
I don’t work from photos, but I will work from sketches. For me, drawing is the most important part of the creative process. I try my best to copy the feeling of a place without
Now that I have figured out the composition, I can use these designs for prints, paintings, or drawings.
I do take photos, but I consider them an art of their own. I wouldn’t ever try to paint one of my photos.
Beaufort is in part of the lowcountry region of the coastal US.
The first freed slaves of the south lived in this region, this area was relatively isolated, and over time, they created their own distinct culture.
Gullah is a uniquely American culture based on lowcountry and African traditions.
The Gullah culture no longer enjoys the isolation it experienced 100 years ago, and struggles to keep it’s identity in a region that is rapidly being developed into a resort destination.
I have heard that many families are losing their land because they can’t afford the skyrocketing property taxes due to gentrification.
It’s easy to see why Beaufort would be such an attractive place for resort development.
It South Carolina’s second oldest city (1711)
and has many beautiful, historic homes.
There are so many, I’ll only show two, but much of the city is big old houses with columns and porches.
I had an interesting experience while visiting an ancient cemetary:
There were confederate flags at the graves of the Civil War Veterans, and it made me pause and think about history. Standing here where it happened is very different from reading a book.