Drawing Challenge announcement: Something from the ocean

June 8, 2015

Today I was trying to get some work done in the studio. But my heart was at the beach. With each cruise ship whistle and each gull cry, I longed to go down to the beach. I looked at my studio companion and got an absolute, “you must be crazy, I’m staying right here in the sun” yawn, and so left Morgan to sleep away the afternoon…


…and headed down to the beach.

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I sat down on the warm, pebbly shore and looked around at the flotsam and jetsam around me. It looked like a wind had kicked up a ton of sea weed up on the shore last high tide. The sea weed looked like beautiful black curtains and so I decided to build a fantasy beach castle for the ocean fairies.

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One thing about building fantasy beach castles is that you have to follow the rules. Rule one is find a nice place to sit, and rule two is no getting up till the beach castle is finished. That means you have to chose the right place, a place where you find great building materials within reach.


Oh I love building these so very much. Each one is a reflection of the mood of that particular little corner of the beach.

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This one turned into a castle for small, black fairies…maybe crow fairies who talk to the beach crows and have black wings and beach glass necklaces.

I want to take it home with me, but rule three clearly states leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photographs.

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So won’t you come make a salty memory? I’m calling a new drawing challenge: something from the ocean. Draw me something, write, sculpt, photograph or even carve me something from the sea. 😀


Get your sea legs on and say yes. 😀

As usual, I’ll post the DC post on Friday 12th, and link to everyone who will say yes, (either here or from the FB announcement or email), and then we’ll all visit each other over the weekend. <3

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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm June 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    What a lovely post ! I just love your fairy castle. How nice to leave it there . The beach looks so warm and inviting.

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      On my gosh Julie, the pebbles were so warm and lovely! There were some people in the water too, but they were those die-hard kinds of swimmers (who probably do the polar bear swim in January too. The teens, who tried to throw each other in, were shrieking up a storm! 😀

  • Reply marianbonelli June 8, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Beautiful fairy castle, our imaginations are truly amazing, they bring so many things into reality, into being…

    I’m in on the DC; if I wasn’t at work I’d be right down to the beach now 🙂 mx

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      I know! Work, always getting in the way of serious beach time! 😀 x

  • Reply Ariane Reichard June 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    “Yes!” Dear Veronica, I am in!
    Thank you for hosting, mermaid 🙂

    Ariane of Rose in Lioncastle

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Hooray, let’s all be mermaids. In your case dear Ariane, you’ll have to move to Lion-fish-castle. 😀

  • Reply Melodye Shore June 9, 2015 at 4:14 am

    *waves* Count me in, please!

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Waving back! 😀

  • Reply Tammie June 9, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I want to join in
    love the brush in the hair, that i have done, what ever is handy when hair must go up
    lovely ocean scenes

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      I know, right? There’s never a ponytail holder when you need one! 😀

  • Reply Kelly Deal June 9, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I love it Veronica! So cute and what a way to reflect and relax by the ocean!

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much Kelly. I love making these “fantasy castles”. 😀

  • Reply eric June 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Yes, I’m in! Great choice and my favorite theme. It was on my mind to host this item but you’ve won:) Love yor castle. – eric

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Nice, we’re but one mind. 😀

  • Reply Sheryll Fong June 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I find art already on the beach. Count me in,

    • Reply Veronica June 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Sheryll, I’m so excited you want to be part. Do you have a website or FB page you would like me to link to?

  • Reply daryledelstein June 10, 2015 at 6:01 am

    what fun rules …. and what a fun challenge i look forward, as aways, to seeing what your creative followers create

  • Reply barbaraboettcher June 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Yes, I’m in – how can I resist with such a wonderful theme!

  • Reply Catiean June 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    What a pretty beach……and a perfect spot for the fairy castle…I loved all the sea glass and the story. One of these days I will be caught up and catch the drawing challenge when it STARTS not after the fact.

    • Reply Veronica June 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Oh gosh, I’ll try to remember if I call a challenge to invite you! 😀

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