I've been cranking out work but recently they were all starting to feel the same. They all had similar watercolor forms and it made it hard to distinguish one from another unless you get close up and look at the details. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it's something I wanted to push further. My drawings have a topographic feel to them and so I wanted to go straight to the source.
Yesterday I drove out to Cannon Beach and "sat" in front of Haystack Rock for about 3 hours. By sat I mean I played with my dog, tried to get pieces not to blow away, and walked around looking a driftwood.
Once Fletch was tired I was able to get into the groove and start drawing on the watercolors. I looked at the rock formations and did blind contours of their shapes. I tried to capture the movement around me with simplified marks: flying birds, blowing sand, rustling wind. I ended up with three pieces that I am really happy with. Such a good exercise and I cannot wait to do this again at another location.