Thinking About Carmel-By-The-Sea

I was looking through my books and found a book I had forgotten about. It was such a fun surprise to find Carmel’s Fairy Tale Cottages by Mike Barton. It made me start thinking about Carmel-By-The-Sea and the short visit we made there a couple of years ago. Visiting  Carmel is like stepping into a storybook world. There are charming cottages, gardens, shops, art galleries and restaurants every where you look. In his book Mike Barton shares a brief history of Carmel and beautiful photos and details about the cottages, their doors and windows, chimneys and fireplaces, yards and fences and even a look inside some of them. This book is armchair travel at its best. Its an easy book to finish in one sitting because the photos draw you in and you don’t want to put it down.Review of the book Carmel's Fairy Tale Cottages-A great arm chair travel book with lots of beautiful photos-myflowerjournal.comReview of the book Carmel's Fairy Tale Cottages-A great arm chair travel book with lots of beautiful

I did this 5×7 watercolor sketch of one of the cottages we saw.  Sunwise Turn and was designed and built by Hugh Comstock in 1929. Hugh Comstock built a number of homes in Carmel, 21 still exist today. His storybook architecture style helped shape Carmel’s unique building style. Watercolor sketch of Sunwise Turn cottage from Carmel-by-the-Sea-myflowerjournal

A couple of photos we took while we were in Carmel-by-the-Sea.Carmel-by-the Sea-What a chaming place to visit!-myflowerjournal Thinking About Carmel-by-the Sea-What a beautiful place to visit!-myflowerjournalAnother fun place to learn about Carmel-By-The-Sea  is a blog by Linda Hartong called Tales From Carmel.

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25 Responses to Thinking About Carmel-By-The-Sea

  1. Hi Tammy,

    Your link CAPTURED my attention and I just had to drop by to see what the whole story was behind the charming thumbnail! Your watercolour sketch is absolutely beautiful and its own fairytale quality makes me yearn for its source of inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing; lovely!


  2. What a beautiful painting – we’re in the process of buying a home and that’s the vision I have of it ( it’s in pretty bad shape so it’s a huge vision lol )

  3. I’m visiting today from WOW. Your painting is lovely and you have truly captured the sweet cottages of Carmel!! We go as often as we can and were just there last week for a night…it is such a little fairy tale place!

  4. Beautiful painting, and what a lovely house. I have not been to Carmel-by-the-Sea yet, we hope to visit next year as we meander the coast returning from a retreat in Phoenix. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Actually I have never heard of this place, but now my curiosity is awake! Such a dreamy and fairytale place…Your painting brings out exactly this!
    Happy PPF! – Irma

  6. It’s been years since I’ve been to Carmel…and I live about three hours away only. Your cottage painting is perfectly charming. Your art would fit right in with the artists at Somewhere to Sketch, where we are drawing in various places around the world via Google Street View.
    check us out! ;-) If you like what you see leave an email and we’ll send you an invite. Then you can post art on that blog.

  7. I love Carmel, it is stunning. That’s a great book and your rendition of the cottage is totally awesome. I thing I may want this book as it could teach me to draw houses/cottages. Your colors are just beautiful. Thank you.

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