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New work from my studio. This is a new ongoing series of charcoal drawings based on memory and using on-site sketches to recall selective elements of space and time. I am really excited about these new works and ideas I have for showing them to create a unique experience for the viewer.

Colorado Trail 1

Chimborazo 1

Valles Caldera 1

Toolik 1

El Moro

El Moro, Detail

El Moro, Detail

We decided to get away for Thanksgiving, chasing the sunshine and trying to escape the rain storms that swamped Austin. Planning for Big Bend we changed gears last minute and headed for the Dragoon Mountains in south Arizona based on a route we found on Bikepacking.com Before the trip, Suzan Bright gifted me her vintage Nikkor lenses from her college days as a photo major at Pratt. So this trip I shot full manual with 35mm and 105mm Nikkor lenses adapted to my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. The setup was great as it is very packable and the lenses are fast to change and intuitive to use. The fixed lenses increased my battery life by a long-shot which was great for covering this 3 day trip into the backcountry. [gallery type="square" columns="4" link="file" size="medium" ids="1050,1064,1063,1067"]

Heading to the mountains
Big skies and views
Big skies and views
With Turkey Sausages, stuffing and mashed potatoes we brought some tasty vittles on our ride. We enjoyed our T-day in this field of grasses with a old working windmill and pump well for company.
With Turkey Sausages, stuffing and mashed potatoes we brought some tasty vittles on our ride. We enjoyed our T-day in this field of grasses with a old working windmill and pump well for company.
Sketching at sunset
Sketching at sunset
Conté and charcoal pencil
Conté and charcoal pencil
Rugged granite of the Dragoon Mountains
Rugged granite of the Dragoon Mountains
Challenging hike-a-bike up and over the Cochise Stronghold.
Challenging hike-a-bike up and over the Cochise Stronghold.
Singletrack and views back into the valley are our rewards
Singletrack and views back into the valley are our rewards
My trusty steed: CHUMBA USA STELLA, with Shimano XT 11speed, Maxxis 27plus Rekon tires and complete Multi-cam bikepacking bagset from Wanderlust Gear.
My trusty steed: CHUMBA USA STELLA, with Shimano XT 11speed, Maxxis 27plus Rekon tires and complete Multi-cam bikepacking bagset from Wanderlust Gear.
Enjoying the trail off the backside of the mountain.
Enjoying the trail off the backside of the mountain.
"It gets flat over there."
"It gets flat over there."
A hard day of pushing and riding had us setting up camp sore and tired. The stars and clear night sky were a delight to enjoy during dinner and stretching.
A hard day of pushing and riding had us setting up camp sore and tired. The stars and clear night sky were a delight to enjoy during dinner and stretching.
Thanks to Postmaster Bill for the photo, he's got one heck of a view. I rode back into town to fix a flat. Luckily the small town hardware store had flat kits, since mine was resting nicely back in the truck...
Thanks to Postmaster Bill for the photo, he's got one heck of a view. I rode back into town to fix a flat. Luckily the small town hardware store had flat kits, since mine was resting nicely back in the truck...
Michelle is enjoying her first bikepacking trip.
Michelle is enjoying her first bikepacking trip.
Kody and Jenny roll through another road lined with cottony desert brush.
Kody and Jenny roll through another road lined with cottony desert brush.
There's a jail over thar
There's a jail over thar
"Joe Bono's" abandoned historic building provided some nice shade while we supped on the last of our food stores.
"Joe Bono's" abandoned historic building provided some nice shade while we supped on the last of our food stores.
***POP ROCKS***
***POP ROCKS***
Historic Gleeson Jail, one of a few old jails we saw on the route.
Historic Gleeson Jail, one of a few old jails we saw on the route.
Big wheels = Big smiles
Big wheels = Big smiles
Michelle, happy to be rolling the smooth downhill back to town. The Dragoon Mountains we rode over rest in the background.
Michelle, happy to be rolling the smooth downhill back to town. The Dragoon Mountains we rode over rest in the background.
and the rode into the sunset.
and they rode into the sunset.
Cold beers back in historic Tombstone, where the whole town greeted us in costume!
Cold beers back in historic Tombstone, where the whole town greeted us in costume!

Vincent Colvin CHUMBA ARIZONA COCHISE-5301

Thanks to CHUMBA USA for the unstoppable bikes, Wanderlust Gear for our flawless bikepacking bagsets, Maxxis for our burly test tires, Smith Optics for our stly'in helmets and Shimano for our smooth new XT 11 speed drivetrains! Our mix of gear certainly made for a reliable trip!

I am excited to finally have my studio together at our new home. I’ve spent the last year+ focused on sketching off of my bike during trips throughout the US and abroad in Ecuador. I’ll be continuing to seek inspiration through new biking trips coming up to Colorado, Big Bend, TX and Arizona. Some of the sketches will find their way into bigger drawings and paintings in my studio. I’ll be updating the blog with the drawings that the views inspired and a few of my favorite photographs from the trips. Thanks to CHUMBA USA and Wanderlust Gear for all the support!

Working from field studies back in the studio

Working from field studies back in the studio.

Sketching during a brief break in Big Bend, never even got off my riding glove.

Sketching during a brief break in Big Bend, never even got off my riding glove.

View back to Papallacta from climbing up Cayambe Coca, Ecuador

View back to Papallacta from climbing up Cayambe Coca, Ecuador

 

Kody and I are in Breckenridge, Colorado working for CHUMBA USA, an American made mountain bike manufacturer, at the Breck Epic. After spending the week supporting our riders and racing ourselves we got a few days off to get into the backcountry. What says recovery after 3 days of racing like 3 days of bikepacking?! We loaded up our bikes with food: avocados, quinoa, dried beans, fruit, some candy bars and oatmeal, camping gear, our cameras & sketch books and set off literally into the sunset.

Pushing up the Ten Mile range at sunset after hiking with my bike up to 12000'.

DAY 1: Pushing up to the tree line of the Ten Mile range at sunset, hiking with our bikes up to 12000′.

Finally near the top it is "flat" enough to ride again.

Finally near the top it is “flat” enough to ride again.

The sun is going down but we haven't traversed the peak yet.

The sun is going down, but we haven’t traversed the peak yet.

At the peak at 9:00 PM, the Milky Way is arching right above us.

At the peak at 9:00 PM, the Milky Way is arching right above us, terrain is all bowling ball sized rocks.

After a long night of hiking our bikes down from the peak in the dark, Kody and I slept in until 10 AM and then enjoyed a nice fire, coffee and breakfast.

DAY 2: After a long night of hiking our bikes down from the peak in the dark, Kody and I slept in until 10 AM and then enjoyed a nice fire, coffee and breakfast.

Setting out on the trail again, now enjoying our first hard earned descent.

Recharged we set out on the trail again, now enjoying our first hard earned descent.

Coming up hill I saw this incredible light hitting the grasses and had to stop.

Coming up hill I saw this incredible light hitting the grasses and had to stop.

Inspiration

Inspiration, I love the contrast in textures.

We came up on so many great views but it was easy to choose when to sketch. You just know.

We came up on so many great views, but it was easy to choose when to sketch. You just know. All of the sudden I just had to stop. This happened a number of times, it was very exciting. Luckily, I chose a good riding partner who was equally enthralled with photographing. Kody was happy to enjoy the opportunity to shoot.

Warming up after another long day on the bike.

Warming up after another long day on the bike.

Kody plays with long exposures again, this time with our fire lighting up the trees. I was ready for bed, worn out after riding, starting a stubborn fire and eating the last of our dinner food.

Kody plays with long exposures again, this time with our fire lighting up the trees. I was ready for bed, worn out after riding, starting a stubborn fire and eating the last of our dinner food. Though I agree, you have to shoot that Milky Way!

We went a bit overboard on lunch yesterday and only had a pack of oatmeal and some dates/apricots to split today. We still had enough energy to enjoy the views and I couldn't help but pull off and sketch again.

DAY 3: We went a bit overboard on lunch yesterday and only had a pack of oatmeal and some dates/apricots to split today. We still had enough energy to enjoy the views and I couldn’t help but pull off and sketch again.

We made it to Georgia Pass.

We made it to Georgia Pass. Not sure how far our ride was, but it felt far, so I’ll say it was. From Copper Mtn at RT 91 to Georgia Pass to downtown Breckenridge nearly all on the singletrack of the Colorado Trail. Tough trails and fun trails, I have added respect for Continental Divide riders.

Kody doing a victory lap before our final descent down to town and finally to breakfast. Once we hit town around 2PM we were so hungry we went out and bought two breakfasts each at the Blue Moose Diner in Breck.

Kody doing a victory lap before our final descent down to town and finally to breakfast. Once we hit town, around 2PM, we were so hungry we went out and bought two breakfasts and a pitcher of warm coffee each at the Blue Moose Diner.

One last sketch, I will post some images from my sketch book when I return in a few weeks from Colorado and New Mexico.

One last sketch, I will post some images from my sketch book when I return in a few weeks from Colorado and New Mexico.

Thanks to Kody for always having the camera ready, CHUMBA USA for the reliable bikes, Wanderlust Gear for the well designed bikepacking bags, and to Orange Seal for keeping us flat free all ride!

Photos courtesy of Kody Gibson and CHUMBA USA. 2014 Copyright.