Travels in Salta … cont.

As I settled into the Salta journey, no day felt complete without a sketch. Words also had to be included, such as Sandwicheria: a mesh of Anglo Spanish.

Sugar cane in Salta is used for sugar. In Tucuman it is also used for alcohol and paper as it is of poorer quality. Or so I was told in Salta!

We drove along the fertile valley of the Rio Grande and I drew the little houses with their water tanks jauntily on high.

travels in Salta, Argentina

Returning to Argentina is always special; travels with my school friend Ines, even more so. I had never been to Salta before this trip. The landscape, so filled with colour, amazed me. I sketched something every day!

We spent a night at Los Los, an old tobacco farm, overlooking the Andes, soaring birds and puffy clouds.

For this trip I had a small handmade book from my friend JA. It is seven inches by five, a double page: 7x 9.5″. Small notes evoke huge memories. I can hear the birds, water bubbling past, and smell herbs wafting in the evening air.

I can hear

Random UK drawings

Travel journals can record historic places, overnight stays and driving routes; they can also hold memories of personal significance, instantly recalling quiet moments.

My cousin once lived in a house/trailer in a beautifully designed park setting called West Moors. Owned by the original farmers who developed their land, it was a friendly, well tended place and this was the view from her front windows. In time, the place was sold and the new owner dropped new places into every available spot. Luckily, by then my cousin was going blind so could not see the new surrounding. I remember this sketch with pleasure.
quirky details are often caught by my pen … a cottage with enormous chimneys, the way an arch is formed is formed from selected large stones, the walls filled with smaller pebbles
Red brick detail creating a simple harmonious design with pebble walls, thatch roof with straw birds sculpted in, and simple scallop shapes in wood providing simple detail. And not forgetting the Celtic magic of slow growing and long lasting yew trees.

Blog: Beginnings

My book: “Carved in Oak -drawings of  medieval pew carvings in English churches” – began my study of medieval designs in UK and Europe in 2010.  For many years, I had devoted my art to raising awareness about built heritage in Vancouver BC,  a city I have loved ever since moving here from South America.

While at high school in Ottawa, ON I first thought of becoming a painter,  starting studies in Lima, Peru  where pens and paintbrushes immediately made my thoughts tangible. 

detail: Chatter

In 2001 I moved to the Okanagan valley, winning an award from the City of Kelowna for my submission to their call for am image of their emblem flower: the arrow leaf plant.

From 2006, I spent part of my time in England, where I had earned my art degree,  drawing  medieval pew ends. This led into my  work on birds and leaves.   …     read more at:                                          https://joscottb.com                                                                           Jo Scott-B December 2018