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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sketching: A Cultural Bridge

Why do we do it?

For me, urban sketching is a compelling way to see and value culture.  Each sketch is like a puzzle piece offering a bit of evidence in a larger story of a place, town or region.  In the beginning, we often don't know what we're looking for.  Collectively, piece by piece, the sketches allow for understanding to emerge, and with understanding comes empathy.  See the world, document your unique impressions, share them, open new possibilities for cross cultural appreciation and understanding.

When I ask traveling sketchers how they are doing, the answer I hear often as not is, "Exhausted!"  This is not a gig for the fainthearted.  If you don't want to change the world, why bother?

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Near Nairobi, Kenya

Near Nairobi, Kenya
Havana, Cuba


With Cuban artists in Havana

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

Bho Hoong, Central Highlands, Vietnam

Bho Hoong, Central Highlands, Vietnam

Elder of the Co Tu ethnic group, Central Highlands, Vietnam  









2 comments:

  1. Wise words. I feel like your philosophy could apply to those sketches closer to home as well. Slowing down, taking the time to document and reflect. I've had people approach me and comment that they'd never seen a building or landmark through someones else's eyes, thus presenting the opportunity for a dialog. Your photos inspire me to toss on my backpack. like, NOW.

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  2. Oh my gosh - what beautiful experiences you had! My favorite photo? The two children who couldn't get close enough to you to grasp the miracle transpiring on the page in front of their little eyes. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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