Urban Sketching

November 4 2012
11/4/2012 Trillium Lake on a pretty evening.

Not long ago I became fascinated  with Urban Sketching. I am not sure how it happened or what drew me in, but I found myself surfing around in this online world of journal sketches from all over the world. There is even a book written about it! And  a manifesto! I decided that I wanted in on this world. This hobby. Now, I can’t draw to save my life (as you can see from the above example) but, still. I love the idea of capturing what is in front of me via the slow process of drawing (as opposed to the quicker process of photography). It seems like an interesting mindfulness practice. So I thought I would jump in and try it, lack of drawing skills be damned! The image above is my third sketch ever. I am going to do this everyday. Just draw something in front of me, no matter how mundane it is. In the meantime I will (hopefully) learn to draw. I will post my sketches on Flickr and on my blog occasionally. Maybe it will be fun to watch how my drawings progress?

The wonderful thing about this new hobby is that my husband IS an artist so the supplies are already at the ready. AND we can go out and sketch together. Which is exactly what we did yesterday. We went up the Mountain  to Trillium Lake and found ourselves a seat in the outdoor amphitheater. We sat and sketched for a while and can i just say? It was amazing. It was fun and relaxing. I just focused on my surroundings and it was so beautiful. Normally we just walk around the lake and chit-chat, which I like to do, but it was amazing to just sit down, be quiet, and pay attention to what was right in front of me. At one point I looked up from my drawing and noticed that the sun made an appearance; evaporating the water on the lake which created a fog. It was breathtaking.

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Being a photographer at heart I had to drop the sketching and grab the only camera I had (my iPhone. doh!) and shoot a photo. Or three. I realized that if I hadn’t been sitting there sketching I would have completely missed out on this scene.

As we walked back to the car the clouds completely cleared and Mt. Hood  graced us with her presence, just in time for Magic Hour.

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2 thoughts on “Urban Sketching

  1. I love the idea of sketching every day. I am an artist from the old school of painting but since 1985 have been a digital artist. My blog focuses on digital and video art etc. I am not photographically trained but love the real-time element of the camera and computer. It was my intention to create art from my life experiences in real-time.
    I really like your photography
    Peace.

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    1. I checked out your blog and really like your work, too! thanks for taking the time to read my blog and comment. Always great to meet new blogging photographer/artists!

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