Over the winter break, I spent some time in Baja, California Sur. We flew in and out of Cabo but (thankfully!) didn’t spend too much time in that city. This next set of travel sketches are from a rad trip over the southern half of California Sur.
Trying to travel cheap in holiday season means crazy flights, so our first flight on Christmas Even was from San Francisco to Houston.
6 hours there, and then it was onward to Cabo San Lucas. Here are some tired travelers with long layovers.
Early morning in Cabo, I went up the hotel rooftop and painted this view twice, once on each side of the spread. The left version is painted with my full palette, the right one with a little demi-palette from Expeditionary Art.
I took only two small books with me this time: a small Hahnemuhle watercolor book and a square Stillman and Birn Alpha Book. With no large stuff to paint, the demi palette did it’s job: I found myself pulling it out to do a quick sketch in times where I’d have given my regular palette a miss. Plus, a really limited palette meant color harmony came easily.
Being at the outer edge of the tropics means I often see plants I grew up with. Like this tree with orange-red flowers that I know as gulmohar.
One of the aims of small sketchbooks on this trip was to see how much I could sketch without ever having my family wait up for me to do a sketch. What that meant is that I did very small sketches, sometimes 3 a page like here, and I sketched when we stopped. A lot of it at mealtimes. I ate fish tacos wherever I could and drank beer or tamarindo. Also, not sketched so often was my daily dessert, tres leches flan.
I’m not a Cabo fan, resort towns and I don’t like each other. So I was super-happy to get out to the tiny mining town of El Triunfo where our Baja adventure finally felt like it began.
Lots to sketch in this little town, but we weren’t stopping there long. So I didn’t sketch this gorgeous truck, and all I got in was a sketch of a small door of the Museo de la Musica and we were ready to head off to La Paz.
Those sketches coming up tomrrow.