I attended a meeting in Reno Nevada this past week. The meeting went fine, but other than that it was a rather dull time. I am not a gambler or a skier. The one day I had free it snowed all day, and the hotel was isolated on a highway with nothing else nearby and no way to walk anywhere. Denise got a lot of reading in and I was reduced to drawing still lifes of diet cokes.
There was some nice scenery visible from our 19th floor hotel room. There were picturesque snow-covered mountains surrounding the valley filled with highways, warehouses and strip malls, with the occasional gaudy casino rising up from the midst of it all.
Of course, I got to spend a lot of exciting time in airports on the way there and back. I do some of my best work in airports, like this plane loading in Denver, or the line of slot machines in the Reno airport.
On the plane ride home I played around with my Sketching app on my IPad. I have an idea of using scratchboard to emulate a stained glass window, so I tested it out with the app. I also killed most of the 4 hour plane ride.
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.