Thursday, October 05, 2006

Travels with a sketchbook in New England, USA



(From top left, clockwise: sketches from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont)

This is my provisional summary of the next set of entries relating to my trip to New England in September 2006 and the resulting sketchbook.

Besides the links to posts for individual days (below), you can now also see galleries of my sketches done while on my travels in New England on my website:
The main purpose of my visit was to take a 5 day Pastel Workshop with Sally Strand on "The Colour of Light" (which will be covered in my other blog 'Making a Mark' as it's not really about sketching). This meant that my first week (11-15 September) was spent on Cape Cod - based in Chatham.

As I was in New England, I decided that this was the most wonderful opportunity to see as much of New England as I could within the usual constraints of time, budget and the different locations of people I knew. It makes such a difference when you travel to the home areas of people you know. I always get a much better understanding of a place when I do.

My main base was the Massachusetts countryside, northwest of Boston, with my cousin and her husband. As it turned out it couldn't have been better positioned for my different trips. Consequently I was able to see a bit of Massachusetts on the first and second weekends either side of the workshop. Then in the second week I travelled to see Nicole Caulfield in New Hampshire and Bert Dodson Vermont before travelling on the Wednesday across to Maine where I spent the next five days visiting with Kathy Ellis and her husband, before returning via Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The itinerary went something like this:
The last sketch - at Logan Airport (note the wifi laptops!)
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleksine sketchbook

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

Before I start I'd just like to say a big thank you to all the people who offered me hospitality - and most especially my cousin who had her washing machine and dryer on overtime for me on two weekends on the trot and my mother who got up very early two mornings to ferry me to and from the airport and provided a mother-substitute services for my two cats!

For animal lovers, unlike the last trip this trip seems to be completely swamped by animals from start to finish. It's got four moggies and a miniature poodle in Massachusetts, two Labradors in Vermont and three more Labradors in Maine. I even acted as the midwife at the birth of a new blog about Labs!

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