Setting out this morning nice and early with the idea of painting boats, I parked at the Coast Guard pier overlooking the Monterey Bay and the Monterey harbor. It is a bright and clear day. Immediately I am caught by this scene of the hotels on piers over the rocks and the water. Boats can wait.
The pier is very busy with scuba divers in various degrees of dress, pulling on and pulling off their wet suits. The water is very cold in Monterey Bay. But the air was perfect this morning and I enjoyed the colorful reflections in the water below the buildings.
After painting, I walked over to the other side of the pier where the is a boatyard. With my carpenter’s pencil and a ringed binder of sketch paper I drew several sketch of boats in dry dock, and searched for good locations to paint tomorrow. Other than the boatyard, however, I think I will have better luck finding boat scenes across the harbor at the Fisherman’s Wharf and over at the other wharf, pier two. Some lucky boat will get its portrait painted tomorrow.