Travel blog: … once in Rio

Many years ago, we stayed with good friends in Rio de Janeiro. Visiting friends puts a different emphasis on what one chooses to draw as time becomes influenced by diverse activities and people. Making memories.

Picking up a pen, I begin to sketch a relaxed moment after a day of sightseeing
Next morning when friends are in the gym … I draw with my watercolours

travels: Canada – BC- Okanagan

Driving south from Osoyoos BC to Yakima WA – these quick watercolour sketches capture the changes in landscape with line and colour.

Start of a drive with my daughter, following lunch with my fun-loving, zesty mother
. Taken from an old sketchbook
Osoyoos BC landscape along the lake

Travels in Argentina

At the end of my travels, I sit drawing, in a peaceful garden in Pinamar unwinding with a pencil, thinking about Salta and all I have seen. Next day, with paints I sit under this pine, listening to parrots chattering and squawking. These small green birds are wild. In summer, they party in a cherry tree once lower branches are picked and fruit has begun to ferment. The result: rowdy drunken parrots falling onto the lawn; their large messy nests must be filled with hung-over birds.

Travels in Salta … cont.

We descend from the harsh heights above Purmamarca, into a softer friendlier area, leading to Salinas. Wild donkeys live here, happily grazing, descendants of burros set free by the Spanish army drove mule trains, following the edge of the Andes south. They graze here as Salinas is pure salt, refreshed every year by rains washing fresh salt to evaporate here. The land can literally blind one. The road cuts straight across.

Salinas, with
sun is so bright, it blinds. Land is shades of grey as a result.