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Travel Journal: The Freedom of the 5-Minute Sketch

Towards La Morra, Piemonte

Towards La Morra, Piemonte

During my trip, I often would only have a few minutes to capture something. This isn’t my most comfortable way to work, and many of those sketches showed my discomfort! In retrospect, I believe I was least successful when I was trying so hard to recreate what I was seeing (which for me is impossible in a few minutes) versus aiming to capture the feeling of what I was seeing.

These 2 quick sketches above are my favourite. The context: I was sitting on a restaurant terrace that had the most gorgeous vista over the vineyards towards the hilltown of La Morra in the Piemonte region. The landscape immediately put me at ease, which helped keep my drawing and painting loose.

In my next post from my Travel Journal, I’ll show you sketches where I applied the complete opposite approach – lots of detail, lots of time.


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