Practicing what I preach. (Bad Pun intended.) I encourage my students to draw what is in front of them. This is a recent sketch of mine where I took my own advice. Christmas at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Grand Junction, Colorado this year.
When school started up last August, I had to use a new parking lot since the old one was now part of a new construction project. When I pulled in that first morning, I saw this beautiful lime green frame house glowing in the sun beyond a really dilapidated old wood fence. I knew as soon as I saw it, that I had to capture that light at that moment.
I spent a good portion of my spring break last month in the Piney Woods of East Texas. There are lots of pine trees there and I spent some time drawing them. These were done in my Moleskine Cahier journal. I love the paper, ignoring the lines and adding color. They were just fun to do.
Across the Tracks... is a view from the train station in Grand Junction, Colorado last fall.
The Colorado National Monument is in the Distance, and there are lots and lots of trees with varying stages of fall colors. The houses are separated from the tracks and roads by a simple white fence. And that makes for a nice precise line across the page in my Strathmore Toned Gray Paper sketchbook.