[by Lynne Chapman, from England, in Lanzarote] We were driving through the volcano park in the south west of the island. This is a stunning place, where every turn in the road reveals yet more shapes, colours and textures. I was desperate to get out and paint, so John pulled up and I sat beside the car on my little stool and got out my A3 sketchbook: I spent most of my time on the one above. The sun was going down fast, so I was about to call it a day when I changed my mind, did an about-face, and painted another, really quick, instinctive one of the view I’d had behind […]
[by Marcia Milner-Brage, near Mount Rainer National Park, Washington, USA] It was a pilgrimage of sorts. A bucket-list trip, for my husband especially, to get close to two volcanoes in the South Cascade Mountains—Mount Rainer and Mount Saint Helens. He’s an avid amateur geologist; volcanoes really excite him. This is not the first trip we’ve taken centered around visiting volcanoes. We stayed a week in a cabin on the southeast side of Mount Rainer, 2-1/2 hours from Seattle. The view from the cabin was of the mountain, 18 miles away. By drawing, my time there became a meditation on the mountain. white-capped Mount Rainer across the Cowlitz River The […]
by Simo Capecchi in Sicily, Italy In Stromboli sketching it’s too easy. Colors are simplified. Shadows are strong. To paint, you just need Black and Payne’s Gray. Loose yourself observing the see and the sky is the main job here. And reading, or drawing. The rock in the middle of the sea is Strombolicchio, a past neck or volcanic plug. Lots of climbers are here as well, since volcanic rocks are great to train. But the volcano itself is the main attraction. “Iddu”, or “him” as they call it here, has been really active lately. Every half an hour there is at least one big explosion, with hight columns of […]
By Murray Dewhurst in Rotorua, New Zealand Rotorua. You know you’ve arrived when that delightfully sulphuric rotten egg aroma has a firm hold on your olfactory senses. Also known as Rotovegas or just Vegas to the locals, but it couldn’t be any different to Las Vegas, sure it’s streets are lined with neon encrusted hotels and tourist attractions, but visitors don’t come here to gamble. Back when Las Vegas was a neon twinkle in Nevada’s eye Victorian tourists travelled from far and wide to visit Rotorua, it’s Maori culture and thermal activity. They came to bathe in health giving hot mineral pools, submerge themselves in mud baths, try not to submerge themselves in scalding bubbling mud pools and geysers […]
Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna mixed together give a great array of greys, browns, indigo and deep blues, like often mentioned in watercolor manuals. I used only these two colors for another Vesuvio portrait. Few weeks ago it snowed on our volcano and, rare event, also on mount Somma, at its left. I swear that these were the exact colors I have seen from my window! I have an old scanner so I always try to improve the colors with Photoshop. I obtained this second version with the “authomatic color” function. It is more realistic indeed, and I like its nuances, but my original it is more like the first one. […]
Vesuvio is Naples main icon. I love to draw and paint our volcano in different light conditions and from different points of view. Here it is in a collection of recent watercolors, like this one above, and old sketches – 12 postcards, one for every month of the year. Happy new year full of sketches from Naples!
We were woken up at 6:45 this morning to shouting and everyone pointing to the volcano. Giuseppe told me to get my sketchbook and start drawing it, so I got up on the roof and my friend Marty filmed the moment. As the sun began rising over the sea, the colors of the smoke intensified and we had quite a show before us. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. I had just drawn the volcano the day before:
Our 5 year old is currently fixated on volcanoes (dinosaurs too!). He gets me to read passages out of a reference book before bed every night. The book is full of terrifying facts about the things but he laps it all up. As Auckland is built on a dormant volcanic field of 50+ volcanoes, it’s all a bit unsettling really especially in light of recent eruptions in Chile and on-going earthquakes in Christchurch. Experts say we are due to erupt again in the next “hundreds to thousands of years”. In the weekend we took the kids up a few for a look at the real thing. Once on top they […]