My husband, artist Kurt Isgreen, and I just returned from a three week road trip to the Texas hill country and Gulf coast. After acquiring a small Hawk popup camper for our pickup truck last winter and taking several short trips last year, we decided we were ready for a more ambitious trip. After three days of traveling and figuring out the logistics of camping, grocery shopping, and navigating, we were ready to begin recording our travels in sketches.
For this trip I took a 6″ square multimedia sketchbook. The size was a bit of a challenge; being quite small, I had to determine what to include and what needed to be simplified. The square format was also somewhat of a challenge, as city scenes lend themselves better in landscape layout. The plus side: the size was ideal for walking and hopping buses; the paper weight allowed for a variety of media, including markers and watercolor.
After leaving the Hill Country, we traveled to the Gulf Coast. We camped at Mustang Island the first night, visited Padre Island National Seashore, then on to Rockport, Fulton, Goose Island State Park, and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Leaving the Coast, we camped a Blanco State Park. We explored the smaller towns of the Hill Country, including Luckenbach, Texas and Fredericksburg. Both Rockport and Fredericksburg are art colonies. The final night at Blanco, a hard rain fell which made national news. I was quite worried about flooding and tornados, but we came through it safely.