I spent the month of August in the jungle of Peru doing an artist residency at Sachaqa Centro de Arte in San Roque de Cumbaza, Perú. During my time in the jungle, I created a site specific sculpture on the top of the mountain. I have been home for two weeks, but I have been struggling to piece together my thoughts and reflect on the trip. While I was there, I kept a consistent visual journal in the form of a Moleskine ArtPlus Sketchbook aka my most favorite sketchbook I've ever had (affiliate link) and I set aside time to draw, paint or sketch in it every single day. My goal was to fill the entire sketchbook during my trip. I accomplished this when I filled the final page on the plane ride home to North Carolina!

Currently, I am still working on writing down my thoughts from my trip and I have uploaded some preliminary pictures here. I have brief statements in English and Spanish available. Soon enough, I’ll be publishing video content as well. For now, here are some of the pages from my sketchbook. I am still sorting through all of the images and video and processing my own thoughts, but as soon as those are sorted I’ll share them here!

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"The day that wouldn't end" July 27-28, 2016
Acrylic, watercolor, micron and Jelly Roll pens

Left: "Breakfast thoughts"  Micron pens and watercolor Right: "Rotting jungle berries" Watercolor You can see I'm already enraptured by the plant life of Peru - a theme that will continue through the rest of the pages of the sketchbook July 29, 2016

Left: "Breakfast thoughts" 
Micron pens and watercolor


Right: "Rotting jungle berries"
Watercolor
You can see I'm already enraptured by the plant life of Peru - a theme that will continue through the rest of the pages of the sketchbook
July 29, 2016

Left: "Fallen leaf" Watercolor Right: "Near the outdoor shower" Watercolor Continuing the plant theme July 29, 2016

Left: "Fallen leaf"
Watercolor


Right: "Near the outdoor shower"
Watercolor
Continuing the plant theme
July 29, 2016

"Por la noche"  Acrylic, micron and Jelly Roll pens The night sky was so clear and full of starts because there was no light pollution from the small town. The last time I saw so many starts was when I was studying abroad in Argentina and we went to an observatory in the mountains. No photo or painting can truly capture the night sky, but it is certainly imprinted on my mind. July 29, 2016

"Por la noche" 
Acrylic, micron and Jelly Roll pens
The night sky was so clear and full of starts because there was no light pollution from the small town. The last time I saw so many starts was when I was studying abroad in Argentina and we went to an observatory in the mountains. No photo or painting can truly capture the night sky, but it is certainly imprinted on my mind.
July 29, 2016

Left: "La Cocina" The walls of the kitchen were made of mud and had glass bottles packed in as windows. Broken pieces of tile were stuck into the mud making mosaic patterns. Right: "Rapido ~ lente" Fast and slow - how my days felt at the beginning and how my entire trip felt by the end of it - crazy fast and yet very very slow. July 30, 2016

Left: "La Cocina"
The walls of the kitchen were made of mud and had glass bottles packed in as windows. Broken pieces of tile were stuck into the mud making mosaic patterns.

Right: "Rapido ~ lente"
Fast and slow - how my days felt at the beginning and how my entire trip felt by the end of it - crazy fast and yet very very slow.
July 30, 2016

Left: "La cocina por la noche" There were geometric patterns painted on the back wall in the kitchen that I particularly enjoyed. Right: "Te extraño" Turtles. Kind of an inside joke. A little hard to explain, so lets just go with turtles.  July 31, 2016

Left: "La cocina por la noche"
There were geometric patterns painted on the back wall in the kitchen that I particularly enjoyed.

Right: "Te extraño"
Turtles. Kind of an inside joke. A little hard to explain, so lets just go with turtles. 
July 31, 2016

"Mariposa 1 & 2" There was this dead butterfly on the ground near the river with striking colors and patterns and I took a few pictures and had to paint it when I got back to the arts center. August 1, 2016

"Mariposa 1 & 2"
There was this dead butterfly on the ground near the river with striking colors and patterns and I took a few pictures and had to paint it when I got back to the arts center.
August 1, 2016

¿De dónde eres? This is the question I thought I would be answering during my month in the jungle - but I was definitely wrong about that. More on that later. August 2, 2016

¿De dónde eres?
This is the question I thought I would be answering during my month in the jungle - but I was definitely wrong about that. More on that later.
August 2, 2016

"Perfecto" The left is meant to reflect a Fibonacci sequence and both are the result of a conversation with a girl I met about perceptions of perfection.  August 3, 2016

"Perfecto"
The left is meant to reflect a Fibonacci sequence and both are the result of a conversation with a girl I met about perceptions of perfection. 
August 3, 2016

"Through the [worm] hole" One of the other pieces on the sculpture trail (El Mirador) was meant to represent a vortex and I had to cross through it every day to get to the site where I was working. I thought of it was going through a wormhole into my own space. August 4, 2016

"Through the [worm] hole"
One of the other pieces on the sculpture trail (El Mirador) was meant to represent a vortex and I had to cross through it every day to get to the site where I was working. I thought of it was going through a wormhole into my own space.
August 4, 2016

"Nesting" The first of several iterations of the way I envisioned building texture and volume in my final sculpture but before I knew what the form would look like. "Nesting" alludes to the concept of home that I grappled with during my trip. August 5, 2016

"Nesting"
The first of several iterations of the way I envisioned building texture and volume in my final sculpture but before I knew what the form would look like. "Nesting" alludes to the concept of home that I grappled with during my trip.
August 5, 2016

"Move Along" There was a very brief period in time where I thought I might want to line a trail with voluminous forms and interlocking ellipses and it was HUGE and ultimately not what I wanted. This and another sketch in my secondary sketchbook are the only remnants of that brief train of thought. If I had gone this route, I'd still be in Peru trying to build it.  August 5, 2016

"Move Along"
There was a very brief period in time where I thought I might want to line a trail with voluminous forms and interlocking ellipses and it was HUGE and ultimately not what I wanted. This and another sketch in my secondary sketchbook are the only remnants of that brief train of thought. If I had gone this route, I'd still be in Peru trying to build it. 
August 5, 2016

So there you have it! That is the first section of my sketchbook. I'll be sharing the rest of it over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned! 

P.S. the tools I use and LOVE are linked for you here, here, here, here and here(affiliate links, but I promise to never recommend things that are lame/low quality)

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