This year so far has found me traveling more than usual. I take photographs, but my sketchbook is a more personal response to the world. I know the world all the better for the extended, intense looking that is needed to make a sketch.
So here are a selection, in date order of my travels so far in 2017.
|A view from my window, Reykjavik, Iceland|
|beach detritus, Spring Lake, NJ|
|pedestrian bridge, Spring Lake, NJ|
|In a botanical garden, Sarasota, Florida|
|sculpture by Juan Munoz, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.|
|one corner of a fountain enclosure|
by the Capital Building, Washington, D.C.
|Atlantic City, NJ|
|Monmouth Beach, NJ|
|hillside, Lake Tahoe, Nevada|
|view of Lake Tahoe|
|sun worshipper, Lake Tahoe|
|waterfall with snow below, Lake Tahoe|
Where to next? Vermont, New Hampshire, Cape Cod are on my calendar - more opportunities to study trees, waves, people and all the other challenging subjects. I can't draw every leaf, the wave will not hold still to be drawn, and each person has their own individual features. I must miniaturize and simplify. The challenges of drawing are many and the sketchbook is a learning tool. The sketches are that, and they are also a souvenir for me of pleasant day beyond my "little world."