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

10 comments:

Jim Bumgarner said...

Lovely sketches all.

Stacy said...

I'm loving reading about your Alaskan experiences...I look forward to further installments!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Wonderful! Wise tactics! This is all so yummy, Nina!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

This is so exciting, Nina!

Richard Sheppard said...

Beautiful work Nina! Love how you worked the clouds in the top image too.

Alison King said...

This is a lovely series! I have not been to Sitka, but my visit to Ketchikan one year was very like these pieces. I live in Anchorage, and my husband and I have a boat in Whittier, so next year when we go out into Prince William Sound I plan on bringing some art materials..... I did this year, but never got them out (our other adventures included me holding on to the dog while she scared a bear away, trying to build a fire on the beach with wet wood, and beach-combing).....Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Nina Khashchina said...

Dear all; thank you very much - I am very glad to share this adventure with you!

Alison King said...

This is a lovely series! I have not been to Sitka, but my visit to Ketchikan one year was very like these pieces. I live in Anchorage, and my husband and I have a boat in Whittier, so next year when we go out into Prince William Sound I plan on bringing some art materials..... I did this year, but never got them out (our other adventures included me holding on to the dog while she scared a bear away, trying to build a fire on the beach with wet wood, and beach-combing).....Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Nina Khashchina said...

thanks for your comment, Alison - my plane stopped in Ketchikan - I will try to find my sketch of the airport area. I know what you mean by not having opportunity to get art materials out - it's definitely a challenge with so many things being on the way!

_nb_ said...

Cascade creek is my favourite so far! Love the boat with touches of blue. Great sketches, thanks for sharing, excited to hear that this is just the beginning! :)