Celebrating the Freehand Renaissance--sketching as a vital way to see and value culture, and to envision a better world.

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??

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Line on Machu Picchu

I'm dipping back in to my South America summer sketchbook, to post and share some images that haven't found their way here yet.  This one brings back powerful memories of arduous travel, breathtaking scenery, altitude sickness, lovely locals and a seemingly never-ending stream of pilgrims seeking out this stunning site in the remote Peruvian Andes.  The journey and the site itself were really a transformational experience; I recommend it for any serious traveler's bucket list.  We arrived at the site very early morning, and were led by our guide for about 4 hours to see and understand some of the hidden sights and mysteries of this incredible place.  After a quick lunch, my sketching buddy Brian Goad and I climbed back up the mountainside to this vantage point, and sketched the killer view while perched on cliffside boulders off the main trail.  A park ranger eventually came along and stood over us, watching for some time.  Finally I asked, "We're not supposed to be here, are we?"  He smiled and shook his head, but said nothing.  Brian and I took that as a tacit "okay" to continue our line sketches, which we completed in about half an hour.  I added watercolor later in the studio.