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Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's not a movie, it's Fort Worth!

Looks like a set from a Frank Capra film, but it's downtown Fort Worth, all alive with happy crowds, Christmas carolers, decorations,  Santa on Main Street and lots of open doors for gifts, dinner, music, chocolate, or a creamy gelato.  I made this sketch from a sidewalk table at Razoo's, while Patti and I shared some red beans and rice.  The red balls in the Cedar Elm trees have made their appearance in years past, and I'm disappointed that they're not on this block of Main Street this year.  I've added them here to try to shame the powers-that-be into bringing them back.  Are you listening, elves??


  1. James, I'm very attracted to your drawings! Beautiful!

  2. Hi James,
    Love your sketches. I just received the Urban Sketchers Book and wondered if you taught any workshops in North Texas? I live in McKinney. Delighted to discover your blog!
    Silky Hart

    1. Hi Silky,thanks so much for the kind words! I occasionally teach workshops, and am planning several Urban Sketching outings in the Metroplex in the coming months. Shoot me an email at jim@townscape.com and I'll get you in the loop. thanks again, Jim

  3. Love your sketches. I am trulyinspired to pick up my pen and sketchbook again. Thank you!