Here it…June and my street sketching spring is almost gone with not much to show for it. We’re setting records for rainfall if, records are a consolation, but they don’t do much for my disposition. I’ve got to figure out how to get my brain to be happy sketching indoors from pictures, I guess.
Until I do that, these are the sorts of things I’ve been doing. I hopped off the bus one day and did this tiny sketch. When I look at it what I remember was the rush I got from actually doing a sketch outdoors. I was only off the bus for 10-15 minutes but it was a precious 15 minutes. Done in a Stillman & Birn Alpha (4×6) using a TWSBI Mini and Noodler’s Lexington Gray.
Another day, I got to the bus stop just as my bus was pulling away. I quickly did this little sketch of a somewhat ugly restaurant across the street. This place has changed hands so many times I can’t remember all the restaurant names it’s announced proudly to a customer base that never came. Not sure what kind of food they serve now. I’m one of those who never went. Same sketchbook but I was using a Noodler’s Creaper here. Only had 10 minutes as I had to catch the next bus.
I tried to have a sketching day with my friend Claudette. It was raining but we climbed aboard the ferry that traverses the St. Lawrence. It only takes 10 minutes to cross and crossings take place every half hour. We made several circuits but, for me, it was not a great adventure. The fog was so bad that you couldn’t see the buildings on either side of the St. Lawrence and for a while it rained so hard you couldn’t see much of anything. Mostly I just looked out the windows and wished it would stop raining. This sketch was done in an S&B Alpha (10×7) with the TWSBI Mini. I sort of lost interest by the time I got to the vending machines (grin).
Will it EVER stop raining?
I feel your pain. It’s finally starting to feel like the start of summer here, but it was a long time coming. You don’t like to sketch from your car? It’s not ideal, but I’ve done it even in rain. You have to keep the key in the ignition to wipe the windshield now and then, but it’s better than nothing. I’m with you on sketching from photos… It’s just not the same.
Today was summer here too, Tina. I was happy as a clam as I headed out in shorts and a t-shirt. Sketched all day. We gave up our second car a long time ago as the bus system here is great. So, for the most part, I don’t have a car to sketch from if I wanted to. I started sketching by sketching from photos but now I find it hard to get myself to do it. As you say, it’s just not the same.
Cheers — Larry