I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I attended Kristin Link’s Field Sketching Class, but that is just how summer flies. Last summer, I wrote about participating in Kristin’s Mountain Arts for Youth program at the Wrangell Mountains Center.
After my semi-successful attempt at drawing Yarrow, I knew I really could benefit from a longer class with Kristin Link.
Kristin introduced the tools we would be using. Water color brushes with water in them. I love these. Scrap pieces of water color paper to test our colors. Water Color paints and ink. There were other tools too, but I stuck to the basics.
We searched nearby to find leaves that interested us and made our first attempt at sketching, painting, and overlaying ink on top.
But Kristin convinced me to try something a bit more adventuresome. I picked Dryas. It is a favorite plant around here. Dryas is what is known as a succession plant. As the glacier recedes, Dryas shows up on the scene to provide nutrients to the soil and get other things growing.
Here is the work I did in the field. I know now that I was taking on too much. I needed to focus on getting the basics down, instead of trying to great weird figure ground relationships.
Back at the Wrangell Mountain Center, we continued our work. The goal was to create a page for a field sketching journal. I kept wondering why my colors were not blending well, Kristin pointed out that I was not using water color paper! URGH. I won’t make that mistake again.
From there we went up to Kennicott to learn more about drawing landscapes. Both the lessons–drawing animals and landscapes–were useful, but I decided to stick with the plants for now. I needed to get my page of the field sketching journal done. I am glad I did. Here is the finished journal. Isn’t it a beauty?
Here is my Prickly Rose in color. As you can tell, I like patchworking the color.
This was an amazing experience. Kristin is an amazing teacher. I hope you will all take a minute to really take a look at the work she does. It was a great art stretch.