I have an artworks display in the show case at Basalt Library. It will be there through the month of March, 2017. I hope you can stop by to enjoy the story of a backcountry artist and to be inspired yourself!
Creating these artworks connected me to the wild areas in Southeast Alaska where I sketched. I plan to share them through notecards and at art shows. I hope they bring you inspiration too!
The chilly days and long nights of winter provide time for reflection on the exuberance of summer. After an amazing season of outdoor adventures, a contemplative mood brought on by falling snowflakes and cloudy skies allowed me time to collect my memories. Through my sketches I could relive those magical moments in the remote backcountry. So I gathered my artwork and literally packaged the pieces in the form of notecards. I hoped to share my inspiration with others and promote earthwise awareness.
My earthwise approach to production of the cards included working with a local Basalt print shop for proofs and final production of the cards, using recycled paper and envelopes, and laying out the cards to maximize the printable area with no waste. I was careful to avoid the use of plastic for packaging. Instead, the card sets were attractively tied with natural twine or raffia.
The holiday season provided a great opportunity to participate in community events and share my work. My first public opportunity was when “High Alpine Falls” sketched in pencil and pastel, was selected to be shown in the Wyly Community Art Center Open, a celebration of local artists held during December in Basalt.
Next, the Wyly Artisans Market presented a friendly venue to display and sell my arty notecards. The first night was a whirl of activity as kids ran about creating holiday ornaments while adults mingled and chatted. Saturday and Sunday were more peaceful, providing opportunities to chat with visitors to the market and other artisans.
The notecards were grouped in three themes: Colorado Mountains ’14; Southeast Utah Desert; and the Grand Canyon. I created a set of notecards for each theme that included four designs. The sets included eight cards featuring two copies of each design.
We are fortunate to have some of the most magical mountain scenery in the five wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains surrounding the Roaring Fork valley. I carried my sketchbook on several overnight backpacking trips and captured my impressions in … Continue reading
I did a sketch a day on my two-week backpacking trip along a section of the Continental Divide Trail in Colorado, in August. The landscape was dominated by large stands of trees that had died from causes such as spruce … Continue reading
I did a sketch a day on the Grand Gulch trip. Mornings were the best time, especially when my hiking partner was sipping coffee as the sun rose. I worked in pencil and later created the color drawings using pastels … Continue reading
I did a sketch a day on the Grand Canyon Trip. Mornings were the best time, but since there were chores to be done I had to draw fast. I worked in pencil and later created the color drawings using … Continue reading