My wife just got a new bike so we went looking for some good bike trails on the north shore. We tried out Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, the former site of a gilded age mansion along the Merrimack River. The trails were a little rough so after a while we put away the bikes and started hiking. We ended up at the old formal gardens, a part of which was still maintained, with beds of flowers bordered by a boxwood hedge enclosed in a brick wall and closely spaced beech trees. While my wife wandered around I did this quick sketch of the gardens with Inktense pencils.
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.