It snowed again today. It snowed yesterday, and the day before that, too. If you tell me it won’t snow tomorrow I won’t believe you. I have 6 to 8 foot piles of snow alongside my driveway and my shoulders ache from trying to throw the shovelfuls of snow high enough to get them over the pile. It’s really, really pretty, but I’m tired of it and I’m not going to show any snow pictures until it goes away. Here instead are some flower sketches from the summer of 2004 to remind us of warmer times.
My favorite sketch from that notebook was this one drawn at a country fair down in Granby, Mass. I was manning a booth for the Wood Producers Association that was lightly visited so I filled my time with this drawing of the tents on the opposite side of the field nestled into a grove of tall pines.
I also like this picture of my neighbor’s farm truck seen over a stone wall. I later did a
watercolor of this truck when it was parked in a different location (Pete’s Truck – see Gallery).
I think these tree root sketches are pretty neat too.
Going through my old sketchbooks chronologically, I found a marked improvement in the quality of my drawings with the book that went from September 2003 to October, 2004. Up until then I would find maybe one or two notable drawings per book, but from this one alone I picked out 26! It is interesting to note that it was in the late winter of 2004 that I had an exhibition of my sketchbook drawings at the local community college. I had shown some of my sketchbooks to John Pacheco, the director of the gallery, and he suggested the show. Perhaps it was his interest that inspired in me more careful attention to my drawings, as the planning of the show would have started about the time I began this sketchbook.
Given today’s weather (about 10 inches of snow), I thought a good place to start would be some snowy pictures from that winter ten years ago. The last two were obviously incomplete, but still, to me, interesting
Some of the best work I've done isn't hanging on a wall; it's sitting in a box in my closet that's full of my old sketch books. I fill up one or two books each year. Some of the sketches end up as a basis of a more formal work, but most don't. They’re more important to me as a pictorial diary and also as on-going training; learning to really see and to understand shape, light and color.
This blog is to share my sketches as well as my sketching experiences.