A break from the distant past of 2015 to the last holiday we took a few months ago. We’d gone to Sri Lanka, but as you’ll see from my drawings, events conspired to make the holiday more about the hotel room than the place.
“Here we are, in a neighboring country that looks and feels familiar, but such a different vibe, such a different sense of people.”
We’d planned to go to all these places that I’d drawn in the map, but I ended up in the hotel at Bentota the whole time, because Orin fell ill and only recovered the day we were leaving for Delhi. These are some drawings done on the road.
On this trip I started using water-soluble color pencils for the first time, and really enjoyed moving away from lines to shadows. (Forgive the quality of these images, my scanner is broken so there’s a big glare in all the scans.)
These drawings done in Kandy Botanical Gardens were the first ones where I was trying to figure out how to use color pencils.
Discovered the writing of Joan Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking on this trip.
“You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.”
And the same is true of people, I think.
Part 2 coming next.
And by the way, I used a Kaagazi sketchbook and loved it. Will be definitely using more of their books now.