Art From My Thru-Hike
From the beginning of my thru-hike in February 2021, I kept a sketchbook. Two, actually, because it seemed like a good idea at the time. One for journaling and pencil sketching, and one for watercolor. It was important to me to keep a journal and a sketchbook to remember the trail in a way that photos might not have captured, and to create art from the moments that were fleeting.
This proved to be a difficult task to maintain each week, as the trail tested me and exhausted me in every way each day. The goal was to create four drawings a week, and have a self-reflection every two weeks.
I ended up being socially distant (more like anti-social) for several weeks in the beginning, and I wish that I had drawn more of the people I encountered. Some are in photos, but to draw them felt intrusive while I wasn’t very close with many people for quite some time.
After finishing the hike, I am creating five large charcoal drawings that represent my trail experience, as well as working toward creating a series of postcards. Enjoy this sketchbook dump, and the post for the final five pieces commemorating this journey will follow.
For now, I have two 18×24 pieces to share and more to come!
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