The idea behind my travel sketchbook began in 2015 with two basic ideas:
- To record the different places I’ve visited.
- To force myself to give watercolors another chance.
Since then, my sketchbook has expanded as I became comfortable with watercolors. As a result, I began to experiment. Sometimes I would add different media such as acrylic, colored pencil, ink, gouache, and collaged elements.
For all of the different places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, I love researching more about the location after drawing or painting it. I’ll add this into the written portions of my sketchbook. I’ve learned that beneath Pactola Lake is a town, the minerals that create the colors of sediment in the soil at the Badlands means, the controversy behind the name “Devils Tower,” the only toxic frog in the US, and so much more. I enjoy the little things when I hike from fungi to insects. Once I was introduced to rock climbing, I began to see rocks differently. Not just for their structure and composition, but for their different holds and solutions to problems in a route.
I hope you enjoy these unique and fascinating places, and are able to experience some in person yourself. I believe I’ll forever be adding to my collection of travel journals.