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Friday, November 22, 2013


On Friday fellow landscape architect/Urban Sketcher Richard Alomar, Chip Sullivan, Bob Chipman and I led a sketchwalk through downtown Boston for attendees of the national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). We had 35 participants and fantastic weather in one of the best sketching cities anywhere. The accordion-style sketchbooks were then hung as an exhibition in the Boston Convention Center. The event was a great success; we've already been invited to repeat it at next year's ASLA meeting in Denver.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wanna buy five copies for my mother!

My cover story, with an only slightly cleaned-up version of my on-the-spot sketch of the opening of Sundance Square Plaza, as it looks on the front page of Fort Worth Business Press.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Here We Come, Boston!

I'm headed to Boston, one of my absolute favorite cities early tomorrow to participate in the national conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) there.  Sketching fever has hit ASLA hard this year!  On Friday afternoon fellow landscape architect and urban sketcher Richard Alomar and I will lead 30 participants on a downtown sketchcrawl called Sketch Boston!; the participants' sketchbooks will be on display over the next few days at the Convention Center.  We'll be joined by artist/author/landscape architect Chip Sullivan and Bob Chipman (designer, digital sketching guru and contributor to my book).  Then Richard, Chipman and I will present a lecture and live digital sketching demonstration called Freehand Visions on Saturday, followed by a book signing in the convention Expo Hall.  Finally, I'm honored to be hosting a session on Sunday featuring three of the U.S.'s most prominent landscape architects--Laurie Olin, Warren Byrd and Michael Vergason--as they discuss the role of freehand sketching and drawing in their own creative processes.

The sketch above was done in Boston just a few days after the Barcelona USk Symposium, as Richard and I scouted locations for the sketchcrawl...wish us luck!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Opening of Sundance Square Plaza!

I attended the long-awaited opening of Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth this morning.Kudos to the designer, landscape architect Michael Vergason.  It is a worthy and wonderful addition to the grand plazas of the world...a must see.