That's where we'll be the first part our trip! Far, far, far northern Norway, off the mainland. I am going to try to get some sort of memento with that latitude engraved on it! I'm a north-going spirit, that's for sure.
This being such a once-in-a-lifetime trip, I vow to document it fully in writing and sketches, in addition to the separate group of drawings I'll do for my Caledonian Orogeny project.
But what supplies to take with me?? I travel only with a carryon and that has to contain clothes for winter weather (still there in May and early June in Svalbard) as well as for cool spring days, which I hope we will find in the other parts of Norway we are going to. Yikes!
Wakeful at 2am today (and you can understand why!), I looked at past sketches of similar atmospheric situations. Here are my tentative choices. If you have any suggestions, by the way, please do make them!
I know you've seen most of these before, but bear with me. I have to think.;D
- Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons: I use these often. Here are some examples from the past:
Iceland, Budir Bay
More Iceland. Here there's a wash of Daniel Smith Lunar Black with the crayons. I'll take that and Lunar Blue and those will be my only watercolors. Right? I can add more washes later. if I want to.
Mt Hood, Oregon. Unlike my previous trips to Norway, which all took place in the Arctic Twilight, this trip will be, as I mentioned, under the Midnight Sun!
2. Pentel pocket brush pen. These are practically extensions of my hands. I use them everywhere.
In Bergen, Norway, with white gel pen and watercolor wash
In E.Lansing, Michigan, with watercolor crayons! Two for the price of one!
3. Inktense pencils? When you must have bursts of juicy color!
Don't you love how a mere spritz of water makes inktense sketches ebullient!
Inktense pencils at Carn Llidi, Wales. Speaking of atmospheric, as we were:
And I'll need these for my Caledonian Orogeny drawing, of course;
5. Sketchbooks: I'll have a couple of custom handmade concertina sketchbooks for the rock drawings and then two Stillman & Birn softcover 8 x10s, one in gray, one in white.
6. Blue and red colored pencils, not watercolor ones. Oh, let's add orange and green, too. I just like to draw with these and they come in handy if you want quick, dry color.
Oh, I've given myself a headache now.
I'm serious... if you have any suggestions, any new products you like for travel sketches, or old favorites of yours (not watercolors, though, or fountain pens for this trip, unfortunately,) I'd love to have them!