As has been my habit of late, I keep a watercolor journal of our trips as a remembrance. I find that doing so keeps the memories fresh and more vivid.
I also posted three blogs about our experiences in Jordan:
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A Journey to Jordan Part 1 - Jerash and Amman
A Journey to Jordan Part 2 - Petra
A Journey to Jordan Part 3 - Madaba and Mount Nebo
I start by sketching in pencil. I normally like to do this while I am at a site but this time our travel and sightseeing is so fast paced, so I just took pictures of what I might want to include in my journal and sketched from the reference photos. After I was satisfied with the pencil sketch, I went over it with a waterproof, fade proof fine point pen. My favorite is the Micron .05 but I also like to use the Pitt XS. I then erased all the pencil sketch with a kneaded eraser. For this sketchbook, I used a 7" x 10" spiral bound Strathmore watercolor field book. It had a sheet of paper in between which I also used for sketching. I like the spiral bound because it lies flat. I normally use the Arches Carnet de Voyage spiral bound watercolor journal but I could not find it anymore. I think I may make my own journals so I can use my favorite watercolor paper. After the pen sketch, I was ready to apply my watercolors. This time I used Schimenke and Daniel Smith watercolors. I found it a little bit daunting to paint my Jordan subjects because most of the subject is stone work and desert, so with some of the paintings I took some artistic license with the colors.
Here are some sketches inspired by the places we visited:
Sketches of Jerash Archaeological Site
|One of the structures at the crossroads of the Cardo where travelers would place images of gods to pray for thanksgiving and protection|
|The Temple of Zeus|
|A Bedouin taking a cigarette break at one of the niches at the Amphitheater|
|One of the backdrop niches at the Amphitheater|
|The completed journal page for Jerash|
Sketch of Amman
|A view of the Amman from Citadel Hill|
Sketches of Petra
|First View of the Treasury from the Siq|
|El Khazneh or The Treasury, one of the most beautiful structures in Petra. For more details on this structure please click on The Treasury link|
|Pen sketch of camel riders with the Royal Tombs in the background|
|The completed sketch. These are camels for hire that takes you around the site. In the background, carved on the mountain side is the Urn tomb.|
|Pen sketch of view of Royal Tombs from Colonnaded Street|
|Completed sketch. From left to right is the Urn Tomb, Corinthian Tomb and the Palace Tomb.|
Sketches of Madaba
St. George Greek Orthodox Church where the Madaba Map is located. The Madaba Map is a fascinating mosaic made in the 6th century that represents the bibilical land from Egypt to Lebanon. It decorated the pavement of a Byzantine Church in Madaba.
|Madaba Mosaic Artist at work. I really enjoyed all the mosaics we saw, particularly the ones from the Byzantine period,; so much so that I will try to find a class where I can learn more about Byzantine mosaics and maybe how it is done.|
Sketches of Mount Nebo
|Bedouin shepherd with his flock|
The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Amen.