New Page: Large Plein Air Drawings from Panama

This is my setup for drawing plein air in the rainforest: a wooden folding easel, drawing board, drafting tape, a yogurt container to hold my pencil and sharpener, and plastic, lots of plastic.
This is my setup for drawing plein air in the rainforest: a wooden folding easel, drawing board, drafting tape, a yogurt container to hold my pencil and sharpener, and plastic, lots of plastic.

From Barro Colorado Island, ten big drawings drawn plein air over a period of two and a half weeks. I’m happy with this collection; all that shlepping and complaining and there you go, a good bunch of pictures to show for it.

The drawing and the subject. I got the drawings about 80% done in the field and completed them later in the studio, where I could make color and value choices undistracted by reality.
The drawing and the subject. I got the drawings about 80% done in the field and completed them later in the studio, where I could make color and value choices undistracted by reality.

All of which will be on exhibit this October through January at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in my solo show, and please do stay tuned for more updates as the date gets closer.

This one was drawn while clinging for life up on a scaffold tower at about 75' in the air; not too bright of me, actually. I got the pencil part done up there and completed the work later, adding the flying motmot in the studio.
This one was drawn while clinging for life up on a scaffold tower at about 75' in the air; not too bright of me, actually. I got the pencil part done up there and completed the work later, adding the flying motmot in the studio.

I want to take you all into the forest with me and show you the tropics as I see them. Don’t forget your bugspray, and wear your high-topped rubber boots, if you’ve got them. It’s a jungle out there. And here are the results.

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