July 14th, 2009

Printperson divina

In the Dolomites

We spent the past weekend with friends who have a home in the Dolomites, in the vicinity of Livinallongo - Col di Lana. Knowing that we would be hiking in the mountains, I decided to take loose paper instead of a bound drawing book in my backpack. (Back in 1993 , I was a guest artist at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at Saint-Etienne in France, and my hosts brought me to the Richard de Bas paper mill in Auvergne so that I could pick paper for an editioned engraving I was making for the school. At that time, in addition to the plain paper for the edition, I bought some lovely handmade paper with real flowers incorporated into the paper pulp, but I never had a clue what to do with it, so the flower paper sat in a drawer.) Last Friday, as we were about to leave on our trip, it occured to me to take the flower paper as my drawing paper for this trip. It turned out to be a good decision, for the paper was fine to draw on with my fountain pen, and it took watercolor well. Saturday we hiked from Passo Pordoi with the grand mass of Marmolada across the way, then down the ski slope at Porta Vescovo to Arabba. The next day we walked in flowered alpine meadows, and I finally got my chance to draw. These are really rapid sketches grabbed 30 seconds at a time, painted later. If you click on the photos to enlarge them, you will see the flowers in the paper quite well.