Twisp Washington

We took a weekend trip to Twisp Washington. I didn’t take much but a sketch book and some pencils but I was able to do a few quick sketches between biking and hiking.

We drove out to Twisp Washington late Friday night. The drive out was beautiful, as seen in this amazing photo taken on highway 20 next to liberty bell mountain.


I had already done a sketch Friday and we didn’t get to the amazing hotel until about 9:30pm, so I didn’t really have time for any drawing.


The next day we biked about 9 miles to Winthrop Washington where we shopped and had lunch. After several hours in Winthrop we biked another three miles to Pearrygin Lake where I was able to sit for 30 minutes and sketch the mountains over the lake.

I forgot to mention, before we left Twisp on our bikes we stopped by the local bakery and farmers market. I found this awesome pencil case hand made by a local artist at the farmers market. I couldn’t pass up a chance to support another artist, and I was looking for a nice pencil case, this one is amazing, so it was a winning situation for us both.


Here is a picture of my vantage point, across the lake from the mountains, sitting on a picnic table.


I cropped the scene a bit on my drawing. I wanted to try and capture the atmospheric perspective here, but I quickly realized that I should have used my grey toned sketch books so I could capture the whites with my white chalk pencil.


After our 26 mile bike ride, a refreshing showing and a cozy nap, I sketched our balcony before dinner. The sun was dropping low and the stripes from the balcony railing was sending stripes of sun beams over the balcony furniture. I was planning on adding values here but I got so caught up in the linear quality of all the furniture that I decided to focus on that, and see if I could vary my line in places to suggest value or local color change or even texture.


Over all it was an amazing day, and I was ecstatic that I was able to get an hour of sketching in.

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