The first painting (that’s what we CP artists call our drawings) that brought me back to art was this one that I completed for a friend. He had visited the Chacaltaya Glacier in Bolivia and emailed me a few photos, knowing that I like to travel visually though not actually. The little ski cabin/restaurant at the top of the ski run was breath-taking and I saved the photo. It was easy to choose this as a practice piece.

It took approx. 4 hours to complete with Derwent Inktense pencils and a Caran D’Ache Neocolor II for the blue sky. Both are water-soluble, though I only used water to spread the Neocolor. I sketched the outline freehand and just coloured. There was a vast valley to the left of the cabin and I just could not get to grips with the pale and distant landscape, so to spare my blushes, I have cropped the painting. At this point I hadn’t started reading or studying drawing or CP techniques and this was all me, beginning again.

Looking at the painting now, I can see the flaws but they don’t matter too much. I enjoyed this piece, it was an ice-breaker and it was for my friend.

Thank you to David for the photograph.


Chacaltaya: Watercolour paper, Derwent Inktense

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One Response to Chacaltaya

  1. David says:

    So pleased to see the wonderful painting you created for me is the first on your shiny new blog! I love it and it captured the stunning location beautifully. The only disappointment was the mangling it received at the hands of the Royal Mail!

    Looking forward to many more entries here and to seeing you grow and flourish as a very talented artist.

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