The patterns in the sand left by water as well as the patterns of the water itself have really grabbed me and given a focus to my sketchbook work. These both present their own challenges for drawing: the water is constantly moving and, although the sand is static when I can see it, the ripples are part of such expansive areas.
On my last visit I experimented with a borrowed camera and took some little movie sequences of both. There was a keen wind that kept the surface of the water lying on the beach moving.
I've never tried adding movies to a blog post before and I suspect they might be too large so the other ones are here, here and here. The last and longest one was taken walking across the beach looking at the ripple marks in the sand as I walked, approaching the sea. It wobbles a bit in places but I think it shows the scale of things well, from the detail of small ripples to the expanse of water and sand stretching away.
I started to experiment with how I can create textures based on the ripples for print. I'm developing drawings with pen into ones using stitch: