For the second 2015. escapade, I got to combine two of my passions – hiking and sketching. On the outskirts of SOKO BANJA, I climbed in order to get a good view of the ancient SOKO GRAD. Although bathed in the morning sun, the hight spot was nevertheless cold, so I improvised a seat with my spare shirt. On top of that I added another layer of insulation, my wool gloves, as I couldn’t handle pen and brushes with them anyway.
Soon enough my fingers were numb from wind so I rushed the sketch to completion. I would say the background even profited from situation, keeping a lively impressionistic feel to it (helped by TERRY HARRISON TREE&TEXTURE brush which I’m growing fond of, it really helps with random natural strokes).
I was to write how I set on another round of testing DE ATRAMENTIS DOCUMENT BROWN ink, but as all of my former experiences were impeccable, I have not much to test, really. It just works. Even in biting cold, where I had to work fast and apply watercolors immediatelly after drawing, the ink held well and didn’t smear at all, on quality watercolor paper of THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK. A limited palette this time, just four DANIEL SMITH watercolors: TIGER’S EYE, SODALITE, LUNAR VIOLET and a hint of PRUSSIAN BLUE here and there.
On my way back I strolled the different side of ridge and stumbled upon a sunlit spot with some dry grass to sit on. I should have installed myself there, but it’s easy to be a general after the battle. So I just enjoyed the sun, SOKO GRAD and beutiful nature that cradles it a bit more before heading down again.