Both of us look for beauty in our surroundings. Even though every ounce adds up on a long-distance backpacking trip, we chose to carry a small camera, sketch paper, and a variety of pencils. Here is some of the art we brought back from our time on the trail. Enjoy!
Daughter spends hours creating imaginary characters. While on this trip, she worked hard at adding action to her drawings.
Influenced by spending so much time in the woods, she drew both whimsical and realistic images of things she discovered along the trail. One afternoon she dissected a number of acorns and drew what she found inside the shell.
Scenes like this one near the Blackburn Trail Center led to both a drawing and a poem:
Up! Down! Up again!
When will we be there?
11:00. 11:45. 12:00. 1:00.
Finally!! (Oh,nice view…)
I prefer to use color in my drawings, like this reminder of a rainy day:
Daughter remembered the day this way:
Pouring, Sloshing, Sliding
Walking in the rain
My heart sings when I see beautiful colors in nature, especially when the color “pops” out from a darker background. When trying to capture those scenes on paper, I love the saturated colors I get from Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils: