A dwarf pine at the lake’s edge drawn super fast.
Trying to draw on the trail is a challenge. I’ve nothing hard to press on except my floppy map case and I’m tired at the end of a day walking.
This was an attempt at the Sawtooth Mountains to the south of the lake on the back of a photocopied piece of paper.
The trail and Oregon are spectacularly beautiful. The wilderness and silence overpowering. This is the view from the lake towards what I think are the Diamond Mountains.
We swam and had an afternoon’s rest here whilst I managed to make a drawing.
There are many other variations to this theme I’ve been trying – the ‘tin’ house and vegetable garden – past which we’ve been riding for ever. They should ‘fit’ together.
Botanical Gardens, Sapporo.
A fantastic artist who we stumbled across as we headed south from the north of Hokkaido to Sapporo. This is ‘big’ pigment painting. Layers of colour layered with a kind of glue, not water, across a canvas which needs to dry before the next wash is applied. They can literally take years to finish with the artist having multiple pictures on the go for prolonged periods until completed. The colours are staggeringly good, vibrant and zinging out of the canvas.
The ‘Central’ department store contains five floors of stationary, artist materials, pens and paper, calligraphy equipment, a printing shop and cafe. I spent ages just looking at the Japanese water colours – Gansai Tambi – before making a selection. They are renowned for stunning colour pigmentation and for being long lasting. The new watercolour papers are 70% bamboo and at a size closer to A4 rather than the A6 and A5 I’ve been confined to.
This is still an active volcano with a smokey plume rising from a caldera to the side of the taller peak. The fields of the previous watercolours sit below.