When I am painting outdoors and time is limited, I will often sketch and paint in a different style than I would if I was in my studio. The style that I use in my sketch books is often pen and ink with watercolour washes or pencil drawings with watercolour washes. Its all fun either way and to approach a piece of paper as if it doesn’t matter about the outcome of the art work is liberating.
I think that the field sketches done while I am traveling are a big part of what I do and so I recently created a new gallery on my web site called “Travel Sketches” under the Painting Galleries section. Not all of these sketches were created on location in some distant land but were recreated in the studio in this “lighter style”. I have included a few examples from a trip to Nepal where my wife and I were hiking the Annapurna Circuit. The picture at the top of this post is an example of one my studio paintings.