Draw A Bird, September 2022

We just returned from an adventurous trip to Alaska and are blessed to have visited there twice. This trip was planned for August 2020, but “you-know-what” happened and the trip was cancelled. Things seemed pretty much back to normal, but some restaurants had closed and some places were short-staffed, but that seems to be the current situation all over the U.S.

Previously I made scrapbooks of our travel adventures but stopped doing so a few years ago. When we moved last year, I realized just how many trip scrapbooks I’ve made, how much work I put into them, and how little we look at them. However, after each trip that I did not scrap, there was a feeling of disappointment and let-down because nothing was documented and because we had just a smattering of photos on our cell phones. However, I think I’ve found a happy medium.

On a YouTube video, Lindsay Weirich (The Frugal Crafter) featured handmade watercolor sketchbooks gifted by an Etsy shopkeeper, ArtsiRosi. I purchased a small book made with Arches cold press watercolor paper (the best), packed up a Portable Painter Watercolor Palette, a Derwent push-button water brush, and a few other essentials. Sketching our way through Alaska and detailing some of the highlights was so satisfying and fun. I drew and painted in the car while traveling from city to city, in the evenings, and on the plane.

View from the Plane
View from the Plane

Because it is Draw A Bird day (unofficially), here are two of the many species of birds we saw. I have always wanted to see a Puffin in its own environment, and boy were there puffins (horned and tufted)! The ravens are bold and huge and likely could feed a family of four, but that’s probably not recommended 😉

Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Nevermore, A Common Raven

It’s joyful to remember where these quick-ish sketches (definitely not masterpieces) were created, and the plan is to feature some favorites over the next couple of weeks. Do you document your trips? What methods do you use? Take care ❤

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 2 Recap

Another week of painting has gone by.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying new techniques and following tutorials that I’ve been meaning to paint for a long time.  The point was not to make frameable masterpieces but to try new brushstrokes, learn, and have fun with the painting process.

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin. I hope to see one someday!

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan - Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class "Feathers and Fowl"

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan – Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class “Feathers and Fowl”

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

 

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Chocolate

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Sea Salt Caramel

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

I’m off to start the prompts for week 3.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!