Musings: Sketching On-Location
Sketching on-location is a challenge. Sometimes the actual subject changes because of the various outside elements. Below is an example. A man suddenly sat on the left side of the bench whilst I was almost done with the sketch. I wasn’t aware that I should have check the right side to complete the lower left part of this bench. Can you spot the awkward disconnection?
Nevertheless, if you want to enjoy the process of sketching outdoors despite the distraction of human activities around you and the quite imperfect first sketch then by all means move on to another subject. I did.
It made me excited to see a group of urban sketchers gathered around some distance below at the park from where I sat. They got sketchbooks and pencils. They’re busy looking at the distance. Some sketch away hastily. It was a lovely sight.
That day I sketch little. I was way too distracted or rather too absorbed with my surroundings. The presence of the boyfriend beside me snapping photographs. The man with the little girl near the fountain playing and having fun. The cold sweet January air that blows paper cups and leaves. The sight of the urban sketchers. The lingering taste of my Orange Blitz Jamba Juice. My dreams in its planning stage. I just want to breathe in all of these.