I say that I always bring my sketchbook with me, but it seems lately that it gets left at home a lot. I was waiting to meet someone in Whately and had a great view of Mt. Sugarloaf from where I stood. It’s a huge, narrow chunk of rock that rises abruptly out of the bank of the Connecticut River, looking a lot like the prow of a huge ship. I decided that I should be making better use of my time, but I hadn’t brought my sketchbook or pens with me, so I did the best I could with what I had and turned over one of my maps and drew on the back of it.
I attended a marketing seminar for artists at the Fitchburg art museum the other day. The lead instructor was Ray Belanger of the Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, the same person who is helping GALA develop a business plan. I swear I was paying attention, but I also took the opportunity to try a couple of sketches of Ray. Being a gathering of artists I know I wasn’t the only one doing this. I learned a lot of good things, but I’m going to have to overcome my fear of Facebook and similar sites to implement a lot of them. Don’t hold your breath.
It snowed last night! So here are some more Sagamore Beach sketches. The first is a page from my sketchbook with notes for a painting that never happened plus some related doodles. After that is a sketch of a sunset at the beach, some children exploring the shipwreck that used to stick up out of the sand at low tide, and a couple of stairways to the beach.
Some warm pictures for a cold day. We brought in all the lawn furniture and garden tools today in anticipation of the winter that will be quickly upon us. To cheer myself up I have been looking at pictures with a summertime theme. Here are a number I've done of the cottages on Sagamore Beach.
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.