I’m reluctant to say “Here are sketches of my weekend at Family Camp.” Because, while I did sketch and paint through the weekend, in no way does what you see come close to capturing the spirit of Skylake Camp. I didn’t sketch all the stuff we did: kayak, canoe, make tie-dye tshirts, swim in the lake, make smores, do puzzles, ride horses… the list goes on.
Instead, I mostly tried doing what I find hard: Painting the landscape. Give me an urban setting and I’m right at home. But calm, serene landscapes are hard for me to capture!
This one’s my first take on Bass Lake. Blue-green pine, and a haze in the distance from a forest fire. In the mid-distance, the camp’s own dock on the lake. Sadly, lots of browns too: there’s a beetle killing of lots of pine trees in the area, a side-effect of the long drought we had here in California.
Two different takes on practically the same scene. One more successful than the other, but it was nice to try this two ways.
That’s me, the magenta dot in this photo, sitting on the shore, sketching. More from our idyllic weekend away coming soon.