Monday, April 1, 2013

Considerations for Beach Selecting

For the beach artwork to appear as good as the ones on my website, there are a number of factors to consider.

  1. Size of beach: the size of the beach determines the potential size of the artwork
  2. Tide: the higher the high tide means more beach gets wet and the lower the low tide, the more beach is exposed to work on. (this often occurs during the full moon and new moon)
  3. Sand: if the sand is too coarse it will dry too quickly and the lines will not show up. See the guidelines below for scouting a beach.

If you are going to be scouting a beach, here are things I will need to know:

[Note: Do the site inspection at a period of relatively similar tide conditions as those on the date desired so a more accurate assessment can be made.]

Arrive at the beach during low tide and do the following:
  1. Take photos of:
    1. where the high tide reached
    2. where previous high tides seem to have gotten (look for a debris line)
  2. Examine the wet sand
    1. run your hand through the wet sand above the wave zone and take a photo of the mark left behind
    2. wipe the sand from your hand. Is sand still sticking to your hand? Take a photo of your hand after you ave wiped your hands together a few times. Coarse grain sand will come off cleanly but will not hold a discernible line. This video shows an example of what I mean.
    3. Does the sand hold a mark or does it fill in (indicating the beach is saturated at that spot)
    4. take a photo of your footprints in the wet sand. Are your feet making deep gouges?
  3. Determine the space available to work
    1. from where the high tide got to where the wave zone is, how many feet or meters are there?
  4. Overlooks
    1. If you desire for there to be a perspective onto the beach, look to see if there are any elevated places from which to view the beach.

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