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