Town & Country

September 17, 2018


10 Responses to “Town & Country”

  1. I like many of these. Maybe the final one especially. I like its sparseness.
    See ya’ —

    Neil S.

    • Thank you Neil. I sit down to sketch, look at the first one , think ‘what’s the point?’ Carry on regardless and before I know it, there’s a full sketchbook capturing small, quiet moments in my life. Maybe unaccomplished, but precious none the less.

  2. JMN said

    You can make so much happen with a single color. I love the riotous city sketches. I plan to spend a couple of months in Spain with my daughter and her family soon. You’ve inspired me to take a sketch pad and some markers with me. I hope to capture some moments in that unique way. (I hope I’ll have internet access while there!)

    • Thank you. I felt keenly observed doing the town sketches. Perhaps that gave them an edge. I like using the sharpies or a bright colour – there’s no going back when you start. It’s beginning to help me use the sketches when I het home too. It was a workshop I went on by Sarah Cannell that suggested using them. Yes, give it a go, will look forward to seeing them. 2 months in spain sounds fabulous!

      • JMN said

        I have a phobia about being observed while painting or drawing. Not sure why. I don’t think I could finish something if I were being watched. I like the idea of taking just a limited gamut of markers with me to Spain, a few basic colors and black, and working within those constraints. Your sketches are so full of energy, I hope to channel some of that into mine! I’ll be staying in a large farm house — the Catalans call it a “masias” — in the small city of Reus, near Barcelona. The topography and monuments are phenomenal there — much drawing fodder.

        • Try picking the pens you use at random for each session. It pays off when you have to consider tone rather than colour and throws up some excellent combinations. I don’t like being approached when drawing either. Better to sketch in packs or, as I did for the country scenes, from the car. I am expecting sketchbooks full of spain, sounds like a dream trip. Is your daughter a draw-er?

          • JMN said

            I like your suggestion a lot, the picking of pens at random. Also focusing on tone, not color. I’m highly motivated now to sketch. I don’t think she draws, but her husband paints — watercolors, I think. I do know she has a masters in nutrition, is a good cook, and is trilingual (Spanish, Catalan, Italian). If I sound out of touch with her it’s because I have been — my fault. I married her Spanish mother at age 20. She was a toddler when I last saw her and has grown up in Spain in an extended, affluent family. Her mother wrote me out of the blue recently with her contact info, I wrote her, she called me, and voila! A life-changing opportunity to connect with my first-born and begin to heal an old hurt. She has 3 children, has pressed me to come for an extended stay, to which I’ve enthusiastically agreed. I will know much more about her when I return from Spain in mid-January! It is indeed a dream fulfilled in so many ways. I studied in Spain in my late teens and fell heavily in love with the country! But the most important thing now is to bond with Eva and my grandkids. It’s just nice that it occurs in that familiar, bewitching terrain!

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