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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Inspired by Another Trip to the Back Country

This past weekend I spent 4 days in the back country of Massasauga Provincial Park. In the last 6 years I have done some sort of back country trip each year. It is where I fill my soul and my inspiration well. It is where I fellowship with other women and take in the beauty of God's creation. I look forward to this trip each year and am never disappointed. Even when the weather isn't cooperating, I feel inspired and filled.

This year the weather was perfect. Rain during the night and sunshine during the day. I was able to take many photos and do a little sketching.

This was my first sketch and it was done on a left over strip of watercolour paper about 5cm X 18 cm. I sketched it while we rested on a peninsula overlooking the bay.

This was a sketch of a pine cone on a similar strip of watercolour paper. Pine cones are such interesting seed containers.

This was sketched in my 3.5 X 5.5 inch sketchbook while lounging on an island along our paddle route. The foreground is what grew on the island and the background is the view of more islands. This area is well-known for its many, many islands. One can become very lost among them if one is not careful. Because of the high water levels this year, we noted that many small islands were under water. A lot of the vegetation was dying due to drowning.

These were some sketches of our campsite done on old book pages that I glued together for a sturdier support and then painted with white gesso. I used a Uniball pen which is one of my favourite sketching tools now.

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