Adventures

How to Stay Motivated in the Studio

The image below is of me cross-country skiing this January at Sovereign Lake.  I love getting out into nature all year round, cross-coutry skiing is a lovely way to enjoy the forest while getting some exercise.  I find I feel recharged and more focused in the studio when I get back from being outdoors.

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Getting a Christmas Tree on Cross Country Skis!

Come along with me and ski to get a Christmas tree! Last weekend we threw on our skis and got out into the mountains to find the perfect tree! It felt good to take a break from my busy work schedule and holiday art shows to spend some time in nature!

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus |Botanical Sketchbook Study

In June this year, I was out on the hike and found a huge patch of Prickly Pear in bloom.  I was very excited about this botanical “find”.  Prickly Pear is a cactus that is native to B.C. You will often find it stuck to your shoes if you do not realize you are walking through a patch of it.  I visited this same patch again later in the season in August and made a sketchbook study off it, using the Zoom In Zoom Out technique I outline in my blog article, 5 Nature Sketchbook Layout Ideas.

Choke Cherry and Prickly Pear Cactus Nature sketchbook drawing watercolour painting

Here is a photo of the same patch of cactus later in the season.

 

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Sketchbook Study | Hiking Enderby Cliffs

Recently I went on a hike to Enderby Cliffs, it was my first time doing this hike, and I was pretty tired out once I got to the top, but it was worth the effort.  The hike round trip is about 10 K so it is the type of outing you dedicate most of the day to.  The view of the cliffs at the top were spectacular and their were lots of lovely plants and wild flowers out. 

I have been wanting to start documenting more of the adventures that Keenan and I go on, so I used this hike as a jumping off point for a new style of sketchbook study. I wanted to be able to draw and paint in a style that I can do while I am outdoors that will not take me too long.  Traditional watercolour painting is my usual style, but it takes a little bit too much time. So I have decided to use line and wash as a way to capture these experiences while I am still in the moment.  

Line and wash refers to using a pen to crete an ink line drawing and then filling it in with simple flat washes of watercolour.  This is much easier to do out in the field than traditional watercolour painting. It’s really great to look back in old sketchbooks and remember the experiences that went along with each drawing or spread.

Enderby Cliffs Full Spread June 2016

 

Enderby Cliffs Sketchbook 1 June 2016

Enderby Cliffs Sketchbbok 2 June 2016

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