I just got back from a trip to the US where I spent time with many lovely friends and hung out in the forests and fields, forgetting about the hustle of London life. It was exactly what I was longing for: no near-death misses on my bike, no sirens all night, no tube strikes and city-wide roadworks: hurrah, instead the sound of the sea from my cabin at night, and lots of time outdoors. So I thought I would bring out my sketchbook, something that was a constant companion until I suddenly stopped a few years ago. One drawing a day, I thought, and I didn’t quite make it, but here are some of them.
View of the sand spit from Cascade headView of Cascade head from the sand spit
Sitka Center for Arts and EcologyBus to Seattle, with annoying stranger who leaned on my arm the whole trip… ;(Print Zero print studio in Seattle, run by Brian Lane
Brian in pub
Great show about disguise at the Seattle Art Museum
The rolling fields near Weston, OrSt Andrew’s Mission graveyard
Oh the greyhound bus, next to prophets and veteransMo Osorio in LADaisy and BongoJack Doyle’s cameraCabin in the forest
Columbia River Gorge
Hestia and Meko
Greyhound, againOf course, many memories were undrawable, unphotographable, just nice to experience.
I was also fortunate to spend a few days in the beautiful Crow’s Shadow Press in eastern Oregon, which I first visited almost 10 years ago. It was great to catch up with friends, and breathe in the desert air, even though it actually rained there in August for the first time in years. I started to make a series of reduction prints which I am still working on now: here is a sneak preview.
Wouldn’t it be great if this were an animation??