iPad Art: Watercolors From Michael Hodgson’s Travel Journal

iPad Art: Watercolors From Michael Hodgson’s Travel Journal

As a traveler, adventurer, photographer, and artist I have long enjoyed sketching and painting, but it was not until a bucket-list trip in 2012 where I crewed on a sailboat for the crossing from Fiji to New Zealand that I discovered a passion for channeling my creative side on the iPad and creating unique pieces of iPad art. My original pieces were quick sketches and watercolors created using just various iPad apps. I now draw and paint almost exclusively in Procreate, favoring oil pastel, ink and watercolor. In Procreate, I enjoy the numerous brushes and pens and wide color pallet to choose from. My art captures scenes from my travels around the world, travels shared with my photographer wife, Therese Iknoian. Frequently, my artwork is used to illustrate stories from our travels that appear on HITravelTales.com. Selected pieces of my iPad artwork are also created and sold specifically to benefit nonprofit organizations, such as Big City Mountaineers.

The gallery below features some of my favorite iPad art sketches and watercolors taken from my travel journal and painted or drawn while traveling around the world.

A watercolor view from Anna Blume Cafe iPad art

View of a small market as seen from a quiet dinner table on the patio at the Anna Blume Cafe in Berlin, July 2013.


Kleinhesseloher See Englischer Garten watercolor

View from a bench in the Englischer Garten of the Seehaus Biergarten.


iPad art depiction of the Mousehole harbor in Cornwall

Poet Dylan Thomas referred to Mousehole (pronounced “mauzole”) as the loveliest village in England … and from this view in the quaint harbor on a warm summer day, gazing up at the village, it is hard to argue.


An iPad art watercolor of Fiji palms

View of paradise, just outside of Blue Lagoon, Fiji, from the deck of the sailboat, Reality,


iPad art watercolor of the sunset Kouare Island New Caledonia

Nothing better than watching the sun set behind our sailing vessel, Reality, from Kouare Island, in New Caledonia.


Michael Hodgson's travel art of the Hong Kong skyline at night.

The Hong Kong skyline at night.


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Hurtigruten Cruises Midnatsol in Kirkenes

The Hurtigruten Midnatsol at anchor in Kirkenes, Norway.


Antarctic silence in Paradise Harbor

Two kayakers paddling through ice flows in Paradise Harbor in Antarctica.


Yuantong Temple Watercolor inspired by tranquility in Kunming, China

Yuantong Temple in Kunming, China.


Allez French Restaurant front entrance in watercolor

Allez French restaurant is a delight – both elegant and casual in both atmosphere and service.


Manhattan Skyline painting at sunset

The Manhattan skyline at sunset.

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