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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Worldwide Sketchcrawl - March 2008







My sister, Mickey and I participated in the Worldwide Sketchcrawl this weekend. I arrived early at her house, so I sketched a house in her neighborhood in ink & watercolors. Then we headed off to the Ft. Lee Historic Park which overlooks the George Washington Bridge. Sketching the bridge was a nightmare but I gave it a shot. I also sketched one of those viewers you can use if you have a quarter, but since the bridge was nearly in our faces, I just sketched the viewer. The park has some replicas of Revolutionary War buildings used by the soldiers. One "soldier" was sitting outside sewing a new pair of britches. He graciously agreed to pose for us. While we were sketching we also got a bit of a history lesson life for a soldier at that time. On the nearby tables there were artifacts from that time, so I sketched a pair of old shoes and a thick rope. We had a little more time left so we stopped at a marsh area near my sister's house. Most people were birdwatching, but we sat on one of the observation platforms and painted the marsh. I even found a bird hidden in the tall grass.
If you are interested in seeing some of the sketches done in other parts of the world you can check out this link: www.sketchcrawl.com and click on "forums." Some of the work is really amazing.

8 comments:

Anita Davies said...

Oh I love the bridge...It's fantastic!

Lin said...

Joan!! These are incredible!! I cannot believe you got all this in in such a short time!! ILOVE LOVE LOVE your ink and washes --!!! The vibrancy and energy just zings thru these especially!

Holly Lombardo said...

wow...I think I should really think about trying to sketch..yours look SO good!..and it couldn't hurt in making my perspective better for painting either. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joan said...

Anita - Thanks. It was a lot to attempt, but I'm happy with the way it came out.

Lin - I'm glad you've enjoyed the ink & washes so much. I find them a quicker way than just wc to get lots of details in on the spot. Thanks.

Holly - Thanks. I enjoy sketching outdoors and also for the WetCanvas scavenger hunts. My drawing ability has definitely improved since I make sure I sketch something every day. When I took the class with Jerry Brommer he said something interesting. Visual artists are the only ones in "the arts" who do not spend most of their time practicing. We only want to create our masterpieces. Dancers and singers spend hours every day rehearsing, but we rarely do.

Ron Morrison said...

You are so much the watercolour enthusiast, you inspire me...keep it up!

Joan said...

Ron, Thanks. I enjoy being outside and sketching/painting something different.

Ai said...

Wow so many great sketches. The bridge looks mavelous to me. It seems like such a big challenge with all the mechanical parts and you did very well. I never heard about sketchcrawl before so thanks for giving the pointer. I'll check it out.

Wendy said...

It's so lovely to see what you did on the sketchcrawl. Next time I'll have to participate. The bridge is just amazing.