Sep 11, 2012
Alaska 2012: Part 2 - Sitka
I've met many people everywhere - but my main contacts were my trip companions: Frank, Darrin and Kaylyn. We were preparing for the trip, discussing maps, gear and food and how this all might fit in small kayaks.
And all this time beautiful mountains and water were everywhere around me.
One of the tactics for me to survive such an avalanche of imagery was to draw with very few colors: I had two waterbrushes - one with diluted Noodler's Lexington Gray, another with diluted Noodler's Blue-Black (I tried to check the name of the color and bottle is too dirty to see - I will double-check and correct if it's not blue-black :)
Another tactic which helped A LOT was to make many small drawings.
And of course sometimes I had to stop and invest my time in one view and start using many "extra" colors I brought in my palette (I added second indigo (one from Schminke - warmer one, one from Miameri - colder one), two greens for mixing (I don not use them straight but they add to mixtures a lot) and two blues from Schmincke: Helio cerulean and Helio turquoise).
My last reserve was to visit museums and nature centers and draw there as things were already chosen and framed for me :)
But every day I would stop by this little rocky beach by my housing and play a game of turning one way to smell mountains and snow and then turning another way to smell ocean.
Until one day we were ready to go :)
Liz Steel visited Bay area this fall and I had a chance to join her and Suhita and Gay to draw and chat about different projects and life...