This week I’ve been away exploring a number of historic towns in the Central Tablelands and returning to some places that I visited during my epic 6 week roadtrip in 2021. Technically this trip is not a roadtrip as I’m staying in the same accommodation all week and I’m simply driving to a different town each day.
In 2021 I covered a lot of ground and often only had an hour or two to spend in a place, so this year I’m taking it more slowly and really exploring each town. That has been really good!
So I’m happy with the relaxed pace of this trip!
I’m also happy with the decision I made about which sketchbook to use. If you missed it… last week I wasn’t sure whether to take the square or the 8×10″ softcover Alpha sketchbook. I decided on the 8×10″ – the size has been great to use and there are plenty of pages. I’ve been filling approximately 6 double page spreads in my book each day so I definitely won’t run out of room. (If I had used the square book this amount of sketching would have filled 8 or more spreads each day which would have been a problem!)
This size and format of sketchbook is giving me lots of options for combining different sketches on the one spread. And I have plenty of room for notes (this was one of my concerns about the square book).
Note: These sketches were done during lunch at Millthorpe. (I’ll share more about that next week when I’m back home.)
The other big decision I made on Day 2 of this trip was to limit myself to dry media! I did pack my watercolour gear but it’s staying in the car.
I know some of you only want to see my watercolour (don’t worry it will be returning soon!) but there are a number of reasons why I’m happy to have a watercolour-free trip…
- I’m in a dry media phase at the moment and when I get home I want to continue to experiment with graphite and start to use the pastel pencils Faber Castell Australia sent me (see more here). So if I were to switch to watercolour for this trip it would be hard to return to these dry media next week.
- I’m very interested to see if using dry media makes it easier to sketch when I’m travelling. It’s definitely easier to start a sketch and it’s more convenient to sketch standing up when I don’t have to worry about paint. But will this change the amount or type of sketching I’m doing this week? (Stay tuned to find out!)
- I have been tempted a number of times this week to get my watercolour out as I think in many instances it would have been easier for me. Sketching with watercolour is just so enjoyable and gives me lots of options. But I love a good challenge and using dry media this week has certainly been that at times.
- I don’t mind the buckling of the paper in the Alpha sketchbook when I use watercolour in it (I like the ‘lived-in’ feel of buckled pages)… but as I’ve started this book with dry media I want to maintain the perfect flat pages for the rest of the book! 🙂
- A break from watercolour will do me good and I’m hoping that when I return to painting I will have some new thoughts!
Looking forward to sharing my adventures with you next week when I’m back home!