Lately I've been taking my nonagenarian mother out for her morning walks whenever circumstances permit. Luckily she's an artist too. So it's not hard to persuade her to sketch outside with me for an hour or two. We can only walk a few blocks, and there aren't many parks close by. So we find little corners and courtyards and churchyards or really any old place with a few fresh blossoms that break up the gray. Sometimes it's a challenge to see beauty in an area that I'm so used to walking right past. But since we've started sketching together I've noticed more and more little spots that we can stop for a while and enjoy the view. Here are two brush pen and watercolor sketches from this week in my immediate neighborhood:
7/23/2020 09:20:03 pm
I think it is great that you and your mom can share this love of sketching. Finding little gems like these happen when we "have" to open our eyes to what we've seen so many times before. Lovely!
7/28/2020 06:30:07 pm
Thanks for your comment, Joan. Yes, the beauty of nature reveals itself even in a dense, urban neighborhood. Gotta be open to it, and that can definitely be a challenge.
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