I've recently returned from a long stay in Yellowstone. I had lots of time to sketch, although I will admit I sketched this from my laptop right after I took a photo. At the time getting the photos seemed more important than sketching. The rest of the sketches here are done right in the field. If you want to see more, be sure and go to my blog:
I've recently made a sketchbook incorporating some hand-made paper samples attached to old Michelin maps with the intention of trying out different media on different surfaces.
This first sketch of a tree bent by the wind is on a very rough, gelatine sized watercolour paper and I loved the way my parallel pen skipped over the bumps and then washed out to make the shadows.
This second sketch is on an absorbent pastel paper with only a slight tooth and the effect is quite different with the ink soaking straight into the surface causing lovely blooms which perfectly describe the pine leaves. It wouldn't wash out with water at all as the pigment had already been absorbed. I really enjoyed this experiment and now I'm looking around for other combinations to try!
I have a wonderful display of different coloured rhododendrons in my garden at the moment and couldn't resist trying to capture them in coloured pencil. The blooms don't last very long especially when we get such wet and windy weather as we are now at the beginning of summer!