I am newly obsessed with the geothermal colors and textures of yellowstone. I've picked up this little watercolor pad of 15 sheets, and my goal is to create a mixed media sketch out of every last page. Here is my second attempt:
It all starts with an oil pastel resist layer of texture. You can see my inspiration, below. This time, instead of sticking with the white oil pastel exclusively I decided to highlight the shadows with raw sienna and some charcoal, as well.
Then I chose my all-time-favorite color photo. I am obsessed with this hot spring, as is my friend and traveling companion who came up to me on the trail to make sure I got the photo. I don't even know where to start. It's opaque... but it's like a looking glass that leads to Narnia or something.
Finally, I broke out my tracing paper and, oddly, leatherman to add this overexposed outline of the Grand Tetons. I was away at a cabin, my dog was sick so I couldn't really leave, and I had only brought an exacto knife. The complicated fibers of the paper didn't exactly get along with the exacto knife, so I broke out my leatherman - otherwise for use in dire moments of survival, bears, etc. - and trimmed each little thread with the tiny swiss army scissors. I knew there was a reason I always pack for the worst!