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June 24th, 2018

Banana Plant , Lake Sandoval Lodge, Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Artist: Doug Russell, United States
Artist Statement: Nearly half way through a recent month-long trip in Peru, I sat down to sketch this banana plant behind the Lake Sandoval Lodge in the rainforest near Puerto Maldonado. Taking advantage of some free time between nature hikes in the jungle and canoe rides on the lake, I drew this sketch in about an hour in between rain showers. I initially sketched the basic composition in graphite and then moved into the ink work, highlighting in the end with white.

For me, drawing on location is a way to be a witness of a place, a fleeting moment, a specific space in time. In that moment I am fully focused and present. It is truly one of the joys of travel and of drawing. In this instance at the lake I can still remember the sounds of the rainforest birds overhead, the wild Agouty running around the grounds, the smell of food being prepared in the lodge kitchen, and the chatter of other guests in the main room behind me and moving between huts. Once the rain really started pouring, I moved inside and refined a few final things on the drawing.

Overall the trip to Peru was a great experience and very rewarding in terms of drawing on site. I happily completed over thirty drawings while traveling through Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, Trujillo, Cajamarca, Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, and Lima. It was a great way to recharge my creative energies – and start my summer.

MEDIA: Platinum Carbon Black ink in Lamy Safari fountain pen with white Prismacolor pencil
SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Grey – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Doug Russell is a visual artist and urban sketcher who lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming. Nearly every year he travels and draws for a month. Over the past several years his trips have included Peru, Indonesia, Cambodia, Turkey, and Italy. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Missoula Art Museum, the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Bozeman, MT, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work is in several permanent collections, including The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin. His work will be included in a drawing show at the William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colorado this fall – and in a solo exhibition at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming in 2019. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming where he is coordinator of the drawing program.
Instagram: @dougrussellart https://www.instagram.com/dougrussellart/
Website: http://russellfineart.com

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