By working en plein air, artists capture the beauty of a moment in time. Brooklyn-based illustrator Angela Mckay, better known as Ohkii Studio, takes her sketchbook with her on all of her excursions and fills the pages with vibrant spreads of picturesque locations—from sunny seashores to flower-dotted fields.
Originally from Australia and Thailand, the artist has a particular fondness for depicting warm locales and verdant plant life, both of which appear frequently in her illustrations. “My paintings are inspired by far-flung travels, long summer days, and the wonders of the natural world,” Mckay tells My Modern Met. “I work primarily in watercolor and gouache, sketching quickly in journals on my travels or creating intricately detailed paintings later on.”
The artist uses simplified forms and repetitions of shapes in order to paint a sight as rapidly as possible. As a result, this stylistic choice also gives the illustrations a pleasing, pattern-like quality that makes the painting burst with color and energy.