So lucky to travel again! Even if only virtually. *sigh*
This time to the Galapágos with Art Safari’s Mary-Anne. We worked from hundreds of photos from their previous trips, of sea lions, iguanas, birds and people. I started off with tonal studies learned from my virtual Japan session.
Then looked for the interesting colors of the land iguanas –
Next lots of curves made by the sea lions. These were lots of fun to do, and add color to. Yes, SO much fun! Looking at the lines of the variety of bird species –
Galápagos pelican and blue footed booby
Finally, I tried a watercolor only tortoise – no pencil lines first. Not my usual style, but that’s the fun of stretching your abilities! Ending with something of a combination of ink lines and loose watercolor. Might be my favorite!
I hope we all can travel this year, even if only virtually! 😘
Day 11 – we retrace some of yesterday’s travels. First order of each day is usually getting lunch and snack food! Miles Better Pies has a cute statue out front.
Miles Better Pies in Te Anau
Stopped along the way to practice clouds, these are the reason for calling New Zealand “Land of the Long Cloud”.
We returned to Mirror Lake, in Fiordland Nat’l. Park, where I may have been the only one in our group who didn’t sketch the calm clear waters.
View at Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake – I wonder how it got the name? 😉
Here we sat and painted in an ancient beech forest next to Gunn Lake. We saw faces in the trees, while parrots and keas sang above and a New Zealand robin visited us. He tried to join me by sitting on my water container, which he tipped over.
ancient beech forest.
Faces in the ancient trees
A slight interruption in our travels while we waited for them to cross the road –
Slight traffic jam
Last stop of the day was in Eglinton River valley with broad horizons to paint.
With minimal access to wifi, this trip was a relaxing vacation from social media. The unique environment (which consisted mainly of riding to the park, finding big game, sketching, then returning to the lodge, where I sketched some more) has truly inspired me to create as much art as possible to remember this trip by.
The lions are SO majestic! I doubt I’ll ever enjoy going to a zoo again after seeing them wild and free.
So yes, elephants are amazing and exquisite, but there were also other wonderful creatures. The giraffes, so tall and stately, and when they tipped their head to reach the leaves, they were just one fluid line.
My sketches don’t do them justice, so here’s the real thing:
Yes, I’ve been busy, buying special clothes and repellant and whatnot for the upcoming Zambia trip. But on a quiet night recently, I thought it might help to practice sketching elephants, so I turned on a documentary, and here’s the result:
Pasted the stamp that arrived on my Zambia info packet, then realized I had plenty of room to sketch!
I also thought I’d try on an “outfit” while holding a sketchbook, and did a selfie sketch.
Yep, I’m a nerd! But you probably knew that.
I really should be practicing other animals, but… I have no idea what we will end up seeing!
For now, I’ll just practice sketching – anything, just to keep the pen and pencils and colors moving!
In spite of a lack of posts, I am still sketching, but haven’t been posting much.
Let’s catch up and see what I have been working on. Way back in January, the same day I found out that my second grandbaby would be another girl (yippee!), I was also thrilled to meet Heidi and Mary-Anne from Art Safari! This is the company that I went with to (amazing) Morocco last fall.
They were touring NYC with a small group, and we were able to coordinate a short meeting at the Museum of Natural History. They are just as friendly and charming in person as they were via email. You might notice how much I enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits by my sketches here…
PS – Granddaughter #2 arrived recently and all are doing well!
My 3rd sketch at the museum – I feel like I warmed up with the first two!
My 2nd sketch of the day
Dinosaur at the Museum of Natural History – His head was sticking out of the room to show how large he was!