I have so many different sketchbooks, one of my sketchbooks is for my travels, recording my adventures and journaling about the trip. This sketchbook is more about painting the scene or something special and recording the trip, more than it is about using different techniques. The great thing about sketchbooks is that anything goes and you can't have too many! I often only have basic supplies when we are traveling on vacation as I usually have so much to carry already. This was the case recently on our journey home from spring Market, going through Crater Lake, The Redwood National Forest and Yosemite. I have found that trying to sketch and paint with people who are not painting and sketching adds pressure and slows down everyones activities. So to be able to keep everyone happy and still be able to sketch, paint and journal I do several things.
My light vacation journaling supplies:
1. I carry a small paint palette with carefully chosen paints.
2. A mechanical pencil
3. A waterproof pen (I use several different kinds so I pick one, Micron, Pentel etc)
4. A ninji water brush ( a brush that holds its own water) and paper towel or napkin
5. And of course a sketchbook. This time I took my Moleskine since they have a pocket in the back to collect things
6. This trip I also had some loose pages from the new Stillman and Birn 300lb watercolor paper sketchbooks.
7. I always have my phone or small camera.
Sounds like a lot but its not and fits nicely into a plastic bag in my purse or Jennifer's backpack.
|Painting a Eucalyptus Forest|
Since it was a family vacation and not a Sketching trip for me I aways want to make sure I am considerate so everyone enjoys themselves. If there is something that I want to stop and sketch my family is fairly patient but being quick is important. Who wants to sit for an hour or more watching someone paint when there are trails to hike and things to see! Often I start a sketch or painting and if I feel I haven't finished it I will snap a photo and finish it later. I will also gather things that can be sketched back at the hotel room or lodge, leaves, pinecones etc, just no bugs.
|This is the pocket in the back of one of my Moleskine sketchbooks. I will often grab small things and stick them into the pocket to save or paint later. It also works great as a press!|
I also will journal at night in bed about the day so I am still fresh and remember everything. In my travel journal I always leave room to journal on the page, sometimes I will journal over a whole page just splattering paint to add interest.
|The forest was full of greens and with my limited palette I was wishing I had more colors, I will know for next time!|
Then on to Yosemite, more incredible beauty and so much to see and paint! Selecting what to paint can be overwhelming so by using your phone or camera as a view finder it can help you crop the scene and make it not so scary. We hiked a lot in Yosemite, stopping to enjoy a waterfall or have lunch which gave me a few opportunities to do some drawings. I was glad I brought the loose papers to do some sketching. I love graphite and they become a study of values.
|You just can't capture it all and in Yosemite there were huge granite cliffs, trees, meadows etc. This sketch wasn't quick, I worked on it in the car and at the lodge from my phone later.|
Well those are just a few of my journal pages from our wonderful, woodsy vacation! I hope you enjoyed the trip with me and that the next time you take a trip you will try to journal it too!