Sep 11, 2012

Alaska 2012: Part 2 - Sitka

Alaska 2012: Sitka by apple-pine
Alaska 2012: Sitka, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.
I spent 5 days in Sitka waiting for weather to clear up and let us pass to one of the fjords in South Baranof Wilderness area - main destination of my trip as artist in residence.
Alaska 2012: 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.
Alaska 2012: Sitka 
And all this time beautiful mountains and water were everywhere around me.

Alaska 2012: Sitka
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 :)
Alaska 2012: Sitka
Alaska 2012: Sitka

Another tactic which helped A LOT was to make many small drawings. Alaska 2012: Sitka
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).

Alaska 2012: Sitka
My last reserve was to visit museums and nature centers and draw there as things were already chosen and framed for me :)
Alaska 2012: Sitka 
Alaska 2012: Sitka

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.
  Alaska 2012: Sitka
Until one day we were ready to go :)
 Alaska 2012: Sitka