Costa Rica Jungle & Beach Sketchbook 1 ~ February
This sketch journal is the record of a trip to the wilds of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, in a jungle setting on a deserted Pacific beach, to explore and to teach a class in Travel Journaling.
While the class is sometimes mentioned in passing, the journal and sketches are about the jungle, the leaf-cutter ants, huge-billed toucans, skittery lizards, raucous parrots and macaws, chameleon frogs, turtle-egg-thieving coatis, and roaring howler monkeys; as well as the magnificent beach with its myriad shells, furry balsa pods, and the peculiar things that wash up on the beach.
Then travel for most of a day in a bus across central Costa Rica to visit La Selva (the jungle), in the Monte Verde Cloud Forest. There during a ramble through foggy green jungle and across eight suspension bridges, the fabled Resplendent Quetzal makes a cameo appearance, and a tiny Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush hops alongside on the trail, staring curiously at the dawdling artist.
The sketches, in ballpoint pen (many of them colored with watercolor pencils) are accompanied by a text that observes, wonders, delights and ponders the many strange things seen during the visit.
Two bonus pages at the end describe the setting and background of the trip, the sketching tools used, and an excerpt from Irene''s workbook, Nature & Travel Sketch Journaling, explaining how to remove or add pages and redo the cover of a coil-bound trip journal.