Before I went to St. Kitts, I posted that I planned to take along a journal with some watercolor pencils.
I did record my itinerary for the week I was there (not so much for the last few days, when I was glued to the TV watching as Hurricane Sandy hurtled toward my loved ones, and stuck on the phone trying to rearrange my flights and hotels).
But my favorite part of it all was sketching with watercolor pencils. I’ve always loved coloring (color pencils, in particular), so watercolor pencils gave me the best of both worlds.
And one thing I didn’t expect was that I would have plenty of focused time to use them. Power outages in St. Kitts are pretty common – they happened 3 or 4 times while I was staying with my friend (and once when we were out to dinner). Most of the resorts, schools, restaurants, etc have generators for this purpose, but not where I was staying!
I woke up one morning at around 8am, and realized the power was out. It ended up being out for most of the day, while my friends were at class, so I had to do something that required no power at all. So I poured myself a fruity rum beverage, sat outside on the porch, and colored.
It was relaxing and felt wonderful to focus. It really helped me to be in the moment – carefully considering how to match the shades of purple-ish red on the trim of her house, or how to create depth of dimension in the mountains.
Another day, we were at Shipwreck, and I did the same thing there. Trying to match the vibrant greens of the mountains, the blue of the sky.