East from Niaqornat, 7″ x 5″ watercolor sketch with vodka

I add vodka to my waterbrushes to help keep them from freezing, a trick I learned from the journals of Edward WIlson. He traveled to Antarctica with Robert Scott in the early 1900s, unfortunately dying there in 1912 on their ill-fated attempt to reach the South Pole. Wilson was a doctor, ornithologist, and artist whose work continues to inspire me.

My flask, an integral part of my cold-weather art kit
Berg off Cape Evans, April 23, 1911 “Last Day of the Sun”, Edward Wilson,
from Diary of the Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctica 1910-1912